Barry is a qualified Accountancy Technician and has worked for Chartered Accountancy Practices, Manchester University and also as a self-employed Accountant. Whilst working for his final exams (passed with distinction) and holding 2 jobs down and bringing up a young family, he had a complete breakdown and was prescribed benzodiazepine drugs.
After withdrawing completely in March 1986, Barry began to research his acquired problems (permanent brain damage, neuro-pathic pain, fatigue, chronic daily headaches and others) from these drugs for his own peace
of mind and in order to help others. He was Chair of Oldham Tranx, a peer support group founded in 1989.
Barry was instrumental in setting up in 2004, the only UK NHS-dedicated prescribed benzodiazepine withdrawal service in the town of Oldham, which is still currently providing this much needed and vital service. In 2007, Barry received the ‘Man of Oldham’ award for his campaigning efforts at a public ceremony.
Barry has given oral evidence to the Health Select Committee, House of Commons, London and has been a panelist and speaker in the House of Commons. He has also presented “Benzodiazepine European Prescribed
Drug Report” to the EU at Brussels. Barry and his wife Sue, have run a voluntary telephone advice service from their own home for the past 30 years in order to help others and pass on their shared experiences. He has campaigned vigorously with MP's and Ministers for Public Heath and the British Medical Association, in order that this ‘medical disaster’ be publicly acknowledged and acted upon, by government and their Agencies.
Barry has been interviewed live regarding his 30 year campaigning efforts on BBC TV and Radio, 5 Live TV, and ITV and SKY TV.