Ray has worked within the community for 15 years as a volunteer and through his role with Wellington City Council as a Community Liaison Advisor, and as an Engagement Advisor for a Member of Parliament. Coming from a commercial background as a Senior Business Manager, his initial professional career was in a variety of industries within North America, South Pacific and Europe and included packaging, electrical, plumbing, and high voltage reticulation. Ray also served five years in the New Zealand Army reaching the rank of Corporal and representing as a Queens Guard. Ray is a PGA Golf Coach and completed three years working within schools developing a values and healthy habits based golf program. He specialised in child with special needs and today runs an accessible golf program at a local golf club for those who have disabilities. Ray has leadership roles within the community, and sporting organisations. He enjoys his golf and keeping fit. Married to Suzie living in Southgate.