Inspirational Hospitality Coach
Starting at the age of 15 as a Restaurant Kitchen Porter in his home city of Edinburgh, Barry has spent over 25 years working from shop floor to the Boardroom. Barry has formed, inspired and lead a diverse range of teams across the hotel, pub & restaurant and holiday accommodation sectors; across the UK, France, Spain & Portugal.
From those humble beginnings on the shop floor, Barry quickly progressed through operational management roles, through General Management roles to Non-Executive Board level positions; most recently leading Stoke Rochford Management Ltd on behalf of its former owners, the National Union of Teachers. During his time at Stoke Rochford Management Ltd, Barry successfully lead a complete cultural and operational redevelopment project, to reposition the business as an Award Winning Country House Hotel and Wedding Venue, ultimately overseeing a strategic exit from the asset for the previous owners.
Throughout his operational career, Barry has had the pleasure of working with quality brands such as; Hilton Hotels, QMH, Corus Hotels, Whitbread Hotel Company, The Real Hotel Company, Crerar Hotels, Menzies Hotels, Shearings Holidays, Mark Warner and Bass Leisure Retail, as well as renowned Independent Hotels throughout the UK.
Barry is a graduate of The Robert Gordon University with an Honours degree in Hospitality Management and a Member of the Institute of Hospitality (MIH).