Class of 1996 Testimonials

Ray Williams – Business Leader and lifelong learner

Ray Williams completed a Master of Arts Degree in Leisure Management in 1996. This was his third Masters Degree after he had studied at Harvard Business School and Lancaster University. He had already had a very successful business career as Managing Director in Ofrex, BOC Medishield Corporation and Camping Gaz GB a company which he founded.Ray Williams_BucksNewUniversity_Alumni

He is a Past Winner of The National Marketing Award, for an outstanding achievement in British Marketing. Since leaving Bucks, he has helped more than 1,000 Companies in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. He was a Finalist in the Business Adviser of the Year sponsored by Barclays Bank Plc.

Since his retirement in 2002 he has served the community in High Wycombe as Chairman Wycombe 50 Plus Club (Winners of The Pride of Buckinghamshire Award 2015) and he is the Chairman of Wycombe Sports Club User Panel 2012-2016. His hobby is music composition, composing pop songs, a musical called Ria Conchita and a Concerto called The Wild Flowers.  Ray writes about politics, social and cultural issues, including some 98 articles published on his website:

Reflecting on his time at Bucks, Ray said:

‘It is never too late to learn. Graduating with a MA gave me renewed confidence. Whatever stage in your career, you need to refresh your academic and practical skills. The Lecturers and in particular the Course Leader Dr Ali Bakir encouraged all the students and I was not in any way downgraded because I was a Mature Student.

My main advice to students is; Believe in Yourself. You are then unbeatable.
You will be so strong that you will have the confidence to overcome all obstacles. Do not get depressed by set backs or a bad mark ! It is not the end of the world. Try and try again and do not compare yourself to other students.

Whatever career you aim for one thing is certain – you will fail if you do not develop Interpersonal Communication Skills. Team work brings success and you need to learn how to lead and motivate people.

My business philosophy has been: Total Involvement, Total Understanding, Total Commitment.

In modern day parlance this means; make sure you consult regularly with your staff, make sure they understand their individual Roles, Responsibilities and Actions within the Corporate Plan, make sure that everyone pledges their support for the Business Plan.

Finally, remember that you cannot fulfill your ambitions if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is my best advice to current and future students of Bucks New University.’

Raymond Williams MA MPhil MBA DIPM
Chief Executive, EUREKYS Business Consultants.

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Ray Williams greeting HRH The Duke of Kent at the opening of the new Wycombe Leisure Centre March 2016. Ray is Chairman of the Leisure Centre User Panel 2012-2016

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Ray surveying the new Sports Hall at the Leisure Centre prior to completion.

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Ray and wife Betty at BBC 3 Counties Radio Studio where they gave a 30 minutes interview on the Nick Coffer Show about the Wycombe 50 Plus Club winning The Pride of Buckinghamshire Award 2015.


Ray with the new statue of the Bee Gees in Redcliffe Queensland Australia January 2016 – home of their first live performance.

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