Ray is the Managing Director UK and SVP Europe of Nexen, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.
He has over 30 years of experience in the global Oil and Gas industry, mostly in production operations but has held senior roles during extended assignments in business development, human resources, audit, inspection, maintenance, facilities engineering, major construction projects and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE).
During his career he worked for Occidental Petroleum, and thereafter Elf, during which time he was an Offshore Installation Manager on two North Sea installations before assuming the responsibilities of Field Manager for the Piper and Saltire fields.
Thereafter, he was appointed Operations Manager for Total E&P UK Ltd’s Elgin Franklin field, which at the time was the world’s largest HP/HT gas field and held this position during the design, construction, and commissioning and production start-up of the installation.
Following an international posting, he was appointed to the executive committee of Total E&P UK Ltd, as HSEA Director, where he remained until joining Nexen in March 2011 as Planning and Performance Manager. Within Nexen, he moved into the roles of Regional Operations Manager in December 2011, UK Operations Director in September 2013 and Managing Director in June 2015.
Ray is currently Energy Director at Scottish Chamber of Commerce, Operator Co-Chair of the board of Oil and Gas UK and a director of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). In 2017 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Energy Institute as well as the HRH Prince of Wales’ Ambassador in Scotland for Business in the Community.
A graduate in mechanical engineering from RGIT, Ray also holds a MSc [Dist] in Offshore Engineering majoring in production, drilling and reservoir technology.
A UK National, Ray is married with two children.
Hobbies: Hillwalking, skiing, reading … and red wine.