Councillor Barry Lewis became the Leader of Derbyshire County Council in May 2017, having served on the county council since 2009.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Barry is the county council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism.
Holding a Masters in Archaeology and Heritage Management following his BA (Hons) degree in Environment and Archaeology, Barry had a near 20 year-long career in archaeology and heritage management, including delivering a successful programme for the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.
He also wrote a book on the deep history and archaeology of hunting in Britain from the Ice Age to the present, as well as a number of magazine and journal articles. He maintains an interest in the built heritage of the Midlands region and is a life member of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust.
Barry is a local businessman, the owner and Managing Director of Amber Valley Wines, a Derbyshire vineyard, and the owner of Derwent Mills Cottages, a small but busy holiday letting business.
He is also a volunteer adviser and former Chief Executive of Wines of Great Britain, a high-profile national body dedicated to the growing of vines, production and marketing of UK wines.