Ryan Barbour was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and was schooled at Hillcrest near Penhalonga. He trained to be a teacher at Midlands Christian Training Centre in Gweru, where he met his wife, Heidi. They are happily married with three children, Meghan, William and James. He started teaching at Hillcrest Preparatory in Zimbabwe, before spending five years at Belhaven Hill School in Scotland. Ryan then returned to Peterhouse as a housemaster for seven years. He currently lives in Harare and is the deputy headmaster of St John's Prep for boys.