Remembering Barry – Rest in Hope, ‘walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart’

It is with deep sadness that we let you know that our former Director, Barry Mason, died on Saturday 16th January 2021.

Barry’s work profoundly influenced many people, and he fundamentally helped to shape our profession through his creative work grounded in practice that made it accessible and relevant. His inspiration will continue as the profession moves forward – developing the profession was something he cared deeply about.

Barry was always a huge supporter of this organisation, was Director from 1998-2006, and continued his interest in IFT right to the end of his life. He ran workshops with and without John Burnham, supervised research and clinical work, and examined viva’s until the end of 2020. He did this with a robust attention to rigour, a dry sense of humour and a great deal of kindness.

He gave us the benefit of his wisdom in many ways, including his writing, and some of you will have been at the Festshrift we held to celebrate this work in November. He enjoyed that day and appreciated knowing how people were influenced by him in their personal and professional lives.

We will miss him greatly and will always be grateful for the contribution he made to IFT and to the profession. 

Dr. Rachel Watson

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