Barry identifies as a Gay man who belongs to the Rainbow community. He has extensive community and business networking skills and has comprehensive knowledge relating LGBTTIQ+. Barry volunteers his time for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Rainbow Auckland Charitable Trust and is a member of Rainbow Auckland (formally known as GABA).
He held the position of Parade Registration Coordinator for the 2014 & 2015 Pride Parades; attended meetings with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) which related to health & safety and liaised with many contracted suppliers, police and security to ensure a safe parade.
Barry attended many meetings with the Pride Parade Director and the Manager of the Ponsonby Business Association. These meetings often needed a certain amount of diplomacy and direct talking.
In 2017 Auckland Pride Festival Inc. accepted Barry’s nomination to be a board member.
He has developed skills in the area of conflict resolution and worked with several boards which were in need of professional assistance.
“I have first-hand experience dealing with the Office of Proceedings at the Human Rights Commission and that experience has enforced my belief that every person has the right to live their life without harm”.