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Born locally in North Thoresby, Ray qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and then followed a career exclusively in Local Government. He lived in Essex and Bedford for a number of years before returning as Chief Environmental Health Officer at Grimsby Borough Council and retired in 2009 as the Strategic Director of Environmental Services at North East Lincolnshire Council.

Ray remained active in public life and Chaired numerous voluntary groups locally, including Eng-Age and LiNk, the fore runner of Health Watch. He also became active in the Labour Party locally.

In May 2013 he was elected Councillor for South Ward in North East Lincolnshire and was appointed to the Council’s Cabinet, being Portfolio Holder for Environment and Housing in 2013 and Regeneration and Skills in 2014. In May 2015 Ray became Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council and holds the Portfolio for Regeneration, Skills and Enterprise.

Ray is passionate about creating the opportunities and support to enable people from all walks of life and ages to fulfil their potential.

Member of Employment & Skills Board