Barry is the UK’s first professor in mental health in education. Awarded both OBE and CBE for his services to children with special needs, Barry has held the leadership positions of headteacher, principal, academic director, chief executive, and director of the centre for special education at Westminster College, Oxford. Barry oversaw the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities' (complexneeds.org.uk).Barry lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of more than 150 articles and multiple texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the national inquiry into the mental health of young people with learning disabilities. He chaired the national forum on girls and autism, which led to the publication last yearof hiscritically-acclaimed, co-authored book on this subject. At the start of the global pandemic, Barry became very concerned about the impact of the crisis on the mental health of children. With his son, Matthew (Principal of Baxter College, Worcestershire), he wrote the 'Recovery Curriculum Think Piece'.