Ray’s 36-year career in British Steel took him to many parts of the World in various roles, concluding with responsibility for Total Quality / Business Excellence for the Corus Colors Business Unit, based in Shotton.
During this time, he also worked with the EFQM out of Brussels as a senior assessor for the European Excellence Award, focusing on leadership and strategic management. This took him into several major multi-national companies, from Finland to Spain, Ireland to Iran. He’s also been a lead assessor for the Wales Quality Award.
Following retirement from the steel industry in 2006 he joined Governors Wales, supporting and advising Local Authorities, schools and governors to improve school governance and raise standards. In this capacity he spoke at national and regional conferences and published several governor guides, including ‘The Effective Governing Body’ and ‘Self-evaluation for school governing bodies in Wales’.
He has been a governor and past chair at the Elfed HS for twenty years, governor of Coleg Cambria (formerly Deeside College) for twenty-two years (current vice-chair) and vice chair of the IEB at St Richard Gwyn HS (Feb 2017 to Sept 2018).
A former member of the All Wales Investors In People Recognition Panel and past chair of the Flintshire Employers Forum, he is now an Estyn Lay Inspector and a member of the Estyn stakeholder consultative group (Secondary).
In the 1970’s he played professional rugby league with Warrington and has played and coached both rugby league and rugby union at club and regional level. He is a qualified sports and business coach.
He did a short spell of conservation work in Kenya with Chester Zoo and Save the Rhino, working in partnership with the conservancies and national government, to develop a strategic plan for the preservation of both human and animal habitat.
As chair of the Ysgol Treffynnon IEB, Ray’s main focus will be on student progress and achievement:
“Success begins with all of us, governors, staff, students and parents, having high expectations and ensuring our young people get what they work for and deserve. Enabling them to access further and higher education or employment and giving them a solid foundation on which to build their adult life is a prime motivator for all parents, every good teacher and governor.”