Barry Leahey MBE
Barry Leahey MBE is the Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds, the UK’s leading Manufacturer of Outdoor Children’s Playground Equipment, based from 3 sites in South Cumbria in the UK and an expert in International Trade & Manufacturing. 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, and Barry has personally received an MBE for services to International Trade and Exports.
In 2018 was named Institute of Directors North West ‘Global Director of the Year’ 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. Barry currently Chairs the Institute of Directors in Cumbria.