Ray is an electrical engineer, who spent most of his career at large scale nuclear research establishments – firstly at CERN in Geneva (home of the Large Hadron Collider) and then in various parts of the UK. His senior managerial experience led him to set up his own consultancy.
For many years he studied under a Japanese Zen teacher and as a consequence established one of the few Zen retreats in Wales, in the hills above Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. Combining his Zen practice with his consultancy work he held managerial retreats at the Zen centre as well as welcoming groups of Zen students. He frequently gave talks on the value of Zen techniques to senior leaders – at public courses and conferences and those tailored to specific organisations. He still acts as a behavioural coach to senior managers and their organisations.
His partial retirement saw him return to his native city of Cardiff in 2006 where he began writing books on Zen, leadership, local history and branching out into children’s stories. It was this excursion into fiction that led to the writing of the Abertump Chronicles – The Curious Obsessions of Horatio Evans.
His hobbies are playing jazz piano, classical concert-going, local history research, woodworking, cooking and writing. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.