Ray is a highly experienced senior healthcare manager. He has extensive corporate, strategic, governance, operational and change management skills gained from broad operational and corporate experience in the NHS plus commercial, Europe and defence experience outside the NHS in consultancy, and a track record of successful change management in all settings.
He was Company Secretary of one of the highest profile teaching hospitals in the UK.
Ray's earlier experience was at NHS director level responsible for healthcare planning and commissioning and front line clinical, diagnostic and supporting services in acute, mental health and community settings. He has experience of commercial contract negotiation and service contract delivery, development and expatriate healthcare contract management.
Ray was an active member, and Chair for two years, of NHS Providers network of NHS Company Secretaries, often called upon to provide advice and guidance to other trusts.
Ray retired early in July 2009 in order to be able to work on a freelance basis to support trusts with their governance arrangements generally, and preparation for Foundation Trust status specifically.