As Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash, Ray has been instrumental in shaping the success of the leading UK construction, refurbishment and fit out contractor. His strategic guidance has enabled the company to become a leader in delivering iconic landmark buildings across a range of niche sectors. Gilbert-Ash has also undertaken numerous projects in a total of 43 countries worldwide, from Poland and Bahrain to China, Japan and Australia. Ray has been at the helm of the 180-strong team for 6 years, cementing a collaborative ‘as one’ team approach with prestigious clients, partners and suppliers.
This year Ray was also appointed President of The Construction Employers Federation. Through this role, Ray is striving to drive the industry forward, particularly focusing on areas such as digital transformation, diversity, sustainability and encouraging young people to enter a career in construction.
He was awarded IoD Director of the Year for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2018, setting a clear leadership agenda right from the top of the company.
Ray is also on the board of Diversity Mark (NI) and works closely with Women’stec in Northern Ireland to promote diversity within the sector.