Ray is a lifelong environmentalist and campaigner for a greener world. He runs his own environmental services business, specialising in recycling and resource management and has been a recognised industry leader for many years, awarded MBE for his work. His previous political experience includes standing for the European Parliament and Westminster and serving in many roles in the Liberal Democrats, including local party chair, town councillor and member of Green Liberal Democrats.
The climate emergency, transport, education and health are all major issues of interest and concern to Ray. The sooner we can Stop Brexit and press on with dealing with these issues and building a brighter future, the better. Ray is a campaigner for active travel – promoting walking and safe cycling for short, ordinary journeys in towns and cities to reduce our need to use the car for these short journeys. Evidence shows this is better for our personal health and fitness, reduces air pollution and even reduces traffic congestion and makes our towns calmer and better places to live. All our towns need this, and it must become an urgent priority, as part of tackling the climate crisis.
Ray believes in promoting the positive aspects of tackling the climate crisis – the potential to create long-lasting jobs from making buildings energy efficient, expanding renewable energy, creating a circular economy by reusing and recycling more, investing in electric vehicles manufacturing and much more can all make a difference and build an economy that thrives – creating skilled jobs much needed in the North East.
Born in Manchester, early educated in Stockton-on-Tees and presently living in Yorkshire, Ray is a ‘child of the North’, passionate about the people, the landscape, the culture, the history and the future of the North. His wife Angela is from Durham and they have two young sons.