Geoffrey Bray has a strong business and financial background as well as considerable experience of working in the voluntary sector.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in senior financial positions in industry, culminating in the position of Finance Director of a quoted company (Walter Lawrence) in his mid- thirties. He then moved into general management where he was again a main board director of a quoted company (MY Holdings) where, for seven years, he was head of a major division of a group of companies that manufactured and sold sports goods. He spent 10 years as Managing Director of an international high technology company in Cambridge (Analytical Instruments) before setting up, and heading, for eighteen years, a business consultancy with ten partners, working with clients primarily in East Anglia. In this role he worked in both the private sector(including well-known companies such as Bayer, Greene King, GlaxoSmithKline, ITT, Roche,) and the public sector (including Essex CC, a number of District Councils, the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge Housing, ConstructionSkills) helping them to develop and review the way they worked and their strategies and business plans. He retired in 2012.
In the voluntary sector (all unpaid) he is currently the Chairman of the Clare Country Park Trust, a trustee of two other charities in Clare (CLASP and the Ancient House Museum) and works with a small team as part of the Society for Music in Clare Church that organises concerts in Clare Parish Church. He played a major role in setting up and, for ten years, chairing the first Community Shop in Debden, Essex, which, after 30 years, is still thriving, was Chairman of Debden Parish Council for eight years, was a Trustee of VIRSA for over fifteen years, a charity that helps establish Community Shops throughout England and Wales. For over 20 years he was a non-executive director of the Rural Shops Alliance which supports rural convenience stores. He retired from this role in 2014 when it became clear his role as Chairman of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust would involve a significant amount of time, particularly in its early stages.