Harry was born in London in 1954, attended Batford Primary school and then Roundwood Park school from 1965-1971. He then undertook an apprenticeship at General Motor (Vauxhall) in Luton and studied Mechanical Engineering at Luton Technical College. After six years working as an engineer, Harry emigrated to Sweden where he was to marry his Swedish wife. He learned Swedish and spent the rest of his working career initially as an engineer/technician for Saab and Volvo. He set up his own company, Tekmo Services, with a friend for a few years until he was offered, and took up, a position as manager for the product development laboratory at Parker Hannifin AB.
He remains married with three children and also has a passion for German Shepherd dogs.