Ray was born and educated in Wimbledon, South London and became an engineer in the RAF serving in the Middle and Far East in the fifties. He moved to Hampshire in the early sixties joining IBM in Hursley Development Laboratories near Winchester. He later transferred to IBM’s Headquarters in Portsmouth, responsible for procurement and supplies management and made Havant his new home in 1978.
A two-year secondment followed to the London Enterprise Agency (Lenta) as a marketing counsellor for new business start-ups that put Ray in the centre of inner city renewal. After Lenta joined IBM’s European operations in Paris travelling widely throughout Europe and the US promoting offset arrangement between IBM’s worldwide locations and countries whose supply base was viable.
On returning from Paris, Ray took up a position managing procurement throughout the UK. Always an active citizen, Ray joined the Lib Dems and throughout his thirty year membership was chairman three times, candidate and eventually a Hampshire County Councillor for Havant and Emsworth in the nineties. The community had always been part and parcel of Ray’s life and while living in Havant later settling down in Emsworth.
Ray served on the governing body and boards of schools, Havant Arts Centre, Havant Housing Association and Emsworth Residents Association among other organisations. He had led various campaigns and in 2002 launched Havant Friends of the Earth. Retiring from IBM in his early fifties, Ray immediately set up his own service company in Fareham employing at its peak over 30 consultants.
Since retirement Ray devoted most of his time to environmental issues. He wrote extensively for newspapers and magazines as well as attending presentations and organising events. He was also Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and enjoyed traditional jazz, good food, gardening, blogging, photography, cycling, sailing.