Barry began his working life in aviation at Cambrian Airways at Liverpool Airport, before moving on to Pakistan International Airlines in Manchester. After some years out of the aviation industry, he returned to aviation, working for BIA/Air UK at Blackpool and Gatwick airports. Following this, he joined British Aerospace at Manchester, where he was sales manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. Later, he transferred to BAe’s Corporate Jets division, where, amongst other things, he led the team that achieved the certification of the BAe 125 in Russia. Since then, he has worked in the operations department of handling agents at Manchester, East Midlands and Luton airports.