Outside of bike racing, Barney has a degree in Building Engineering and is also a qualified Cycling Coach with success at international level and at present whilst managing a UK women's cycling team.
With his vast experience of the team work required to make the tandem move so fast and also his knowledge of life in the working world, where he was prior to becoming a full time athlete, Barney is able to talk about these experiences and pinpoint the finer qualities required for success in both a team and individual environment. His gentle approach, belies the aggression of his events in cycling and having experienced both extreme success and extreme disappointment, Barney can identify with people and provide insight in how to turn the negatives into positives.
Barney has spoken to audiences large and small, can adapt his style to the needs of an event and is also a great host for evenings that require someone to introduce the other guests. The unique role he plays in piloting the tandem, is quite different to that of other elite sports people and Barney is well placed to describe the unique balances his role entails and match this to the world of business. Using examples from his own career, Barney can help a business audience understand the need for change and regular assessment which allows a person to evolve. Having piloted a number of different stokers to international success, Barney is also an excellent person to explain how adapting to new situations can be tough but very rewarding.
Currently living in south Manchester and training full-time at the Manchester Velodrome, Barney is the paracycling team's longest standing member and hoping to gain selection to again pilot the tandem in London in 2012.
Barney was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list for his services to disabled sport an award he described as one of the biggest honours of his life and one he never thought he would receive.