Harry Barker was appointed Chairman of The Omnibus Society in June 2013.
Harry, although working for a short period for Scottish Omnibuses Ltd. in Edinburgh, is a time served career banker having worked his way up from clerk, to Inspector, to a bank manager in the Scottish Borders. His career progressed further and worked in Hull and Yorkshire for many years and took up appointments covering the whole of the UK at executive level, latterly working in London until he took early retirement in 2006.
He has a life long interest in buses, and has written a number of articles for magazines and a couple of bus related books. A regular contributor to both The Times and Daily Telegraph letters pages with over a hundred published, he was appointed Treasurer of the Society in 1988 prior to taking up the Chairmanship. He is the longest continuous serving member of the Society Council. His bus interests include timetables, the Scottish Bus Group and the Tilling Group although almost anything to do with buses will attract his attention.
He wishes the Society to be seen as up to date, welcoming to new members and to value its position as one of, if not the, foremost in preserving the history of all aspects of the industry in the UK, which it is horoured to have achieved through the endless hard work of numerous volunteers.