Originally from Stoke on Trent Barry Trained as a nurse in the RAF in 1973. In 2000 he became the Data Protection Officer at West Suffolk Hospital. In 2003 he founded and has since chaired the Eastern Region IG Forum. The forum has around 200 members, with 45 out of 50 attending the meetings held in Cambridge.
Barry is the former chair of the NHS National Strategical Information Governance Network (SIGN) group. (2015 – 2018)
Barry was the Head of IG and Health Records at 2 Acute Trusts in Suffolk & Essex from September 2017 to July 2018 on secondment to the local STP looking at information sharing and GDPR for Health & Social Care.
He is a keynote speaker at national conferences, with a down to earth pragmatic approach Data Protection/IG, as well as chair and speaker at the Excellence in Health Care Conferences (Oscar Krane).
In the summer of 2018 Barry left the NHS and became a Data Protection/Privacy Consultant and founded BJM IG Privacy Ltd, delivering training for HealthCare – UK, outsourced DPO services for Herts & West Essex ICB, Private Health, 6 Hospices and consultancy for local authorities
In 2019/20, Barry initiated conversations with the Apprenticeship Institute for a Data Protection Practitioner Apprenticeship and on 30th March 2022 the apprenticeship Level 4 as Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner was approved for delivery. The 1st cohort entering End Point Assessment Oct 2023
Three notable awards were given to Barry in 2020; The ICO Excellence in Data Protection 2020 and IRMS Lifetime Achievement Award. National SIGN Practitioner of the Year Award 2021.