A tragic loss for Brighton and Hove – Barry Hulyer RIP


I first met Barry Hulyer in the late 1990’s when I got involved with the Brighton and Hove Council for Voluntary Services which tragically needed to be closed down due to a number of problems in its structure. However Barry was connected with one of the workers at the time and we then used to meet at most settings where the leaders or workers of the Voluntary sector in our city were gathering. Then a few years later in 2003 I helped to form the Hollingdean Development Trust because of funding from the Government into our community to do a number of vital things but we needed to establish a charity to make this work. At that time several people were not enthusiastic to create a new charity but the work was very positive as a result. After the first few years and several changes such as the removal of the lease for a public building that we had helped to set up and as the funds reduced we continued to part fund a worker, Liz Lee who to keep our charities costs as low as possible was employed through the Trust for Developing Communities that Barry Hulyer was the Chief Executive of. So for a number of years we worked together until I stepped down as Trustee from HDT in 2012. Since then I only met with Barry on odd occasions and the last time was in Sainsbury’s on Lewes Road about a year ago but whenever we met it was always great to catch up and his work in the charitable elements in our city continued until his tragic death which I discovered on Monday thanks to another friend of mine who was a great help in the HDT, Jim Simpson. Jim knew Barry much better than I did and so his statement is reproduced below. In order to write a few words about Barry I looked for a photo and I went to LinkedIn where tragically his account does not include a photo. I discovered that his LinkedIn account has three contacts of which I was one and Fabia Bates was another so I suspect he was not very active on that social media section. However eventually I managed to find a photo of the TDC AGM from 2012. As one might of expected as the CEO he made sure he was in the back row next to Liz Lee. I and many other people will miss Barry, but his contributions will continue to have an impact for many more years.

Since I wrote this blog, another friend of mine, Frank Le-Duc has put an really fantastic piece onto his newspaper so it is worthwhile reading that here. Here are the words from Jim Simpson:

Way back in the 1980s I was lucky to work with Barry and be trained by him. We worked on many projects together. Anti damp (housing) campaigns; launching and raising money for St Richards community centre and loads of other work developing the community projects family in Brighton and Hove and beyond.

I remember Barry as such an inspiration and he was incredibly important to me as a young person.

So much high-quality community development and improvements to neighbourhoods in the city of Brighton and Hive and far beyond – lasting and deep rooted ones – have come about because of Barry and his trail-blazing work. His bold master stroke of founding and creating the Trust for Developing Communities was a brilliant endeavour. Barry was indeed bold, courageous and single-minded. Everything he did was driven by the desire to make things better for other people. This value put into action in so many brilliant ways was truly inspirational.

So many of us have so much to thank Barry for. The city has much to thank him for. He was loved and appreciated by many. Rest in peace dear Barry.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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2 Responses to A tragic loss for Brighton and Hove – Barry Hulyer RIP

  1. Colin Miller says:

    Thanks for posting this eulogy to my friend Barry. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years. First of all when I I became the Hove area community development worker for East Sussex Social Service, about 1985 I think. He then ran the Hangleton and Knoll Community Development Project. We became close colleagues over the nest 20 years. Often with that other wonderful person Charley Jordan (who i still miss). Plotting, planning, fundraising, arguing, celebrating and sharing music and books often over a pint of Harvey’s and a steak at the Grenadier. He was passionate about empowering communities and the power of community development and achieved so much. I observed how his work helped transform the lives of individuals, not just the environment and self confidence of the community. But he had firm ideas on how it should be done (hence the arguments), sadly I lost contact when he retired, why, because he refused to use a mobile phone. That was Barry.

  2. Jenny Moore says:

    Barry’s work developing communities and people to work in them, has left a great legacy of community achievements, creativity and improvements that enhance the Ives if those communities and our whole city.

    Barry was my “Boss” for on and off over ten years, I never worked so hard OR achieved so much since he first employed me in 1990 as a part time youth worker, I was just 24. Now as a project development manager I quote him, probably on a weekly basis!
    We became good friends still “arguing “ about methodology and asset based community development practice till the last.
    Recently he said, I no longer worry about community development in our city Jenny, I know it’s in very safe hands with the Trust (for developing communities) and of course Hangleton (and Knoll project).
    Let’s all keep the ABCD flag flying for him, Charlie Jordan, Roy Taylor Dave Nicole’s as our Community Development founding fathers.
    I’ve imagined a life size size bronze statue in a park he helped develop with a huge round belly, that you rub, he always loved going to south east Asia, where apparently they viewed his belly as lucky and constantly rubbed it. Let’s shine that bronze belly so it sparkles with love and admiration and hurts our eyes. To the Man in black Xx

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