Barry Leahey MBE
Barry is MD of Playdale Playgrounds, the UK’s leading Manufacturer of Outdoor Children’s Playground Equipment, based from 3 sites in South Cumbria in the UK. Playdale now have distributers in 48 countries covering 57% of the global population. Playdale have won ‘UK family Manufacturer’, FSB ‘UK SME Exporter of the Year’ as well as being named Department of International Trade Export Champions, personally receiving a MBE for services to International Trade and Exports. In 2018 was named IoD North West ‘Global Director of the Year 2018’ as well as ‘Cumbria Business Person of the Year’. He was recently made an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University Management School as well as featuring in The Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious UK Business Leaders and inducted into The Manufacturer Top 100 people in the UK Manufacturing Hall of Fame.