Surrey County Council

Ray Thain

SCCRay Worked on the Surrey County Council “Making a difference” project as a member of the core Property and IT Team between 2010 and September 2012. This work stream was tasked with delivering closure of a number of large buildings, completing a series of building refurbishments and desking, the re-location of approximately 4000 staff and assisting HR Colleagues with the introduction of flexible working.This also involved considerable partnership work with colleagues in Borough and District authorities across Surrey as Surrey County Council staff moved into their offices as part of co-location.

Ray is an accomplished move manager, who soon established himself as a well liked member of not only the project team and removal crews but also amongst the teams of staff he was tasked with moving. He has an ability to bring order to a situation through good humour and leadership, combined with unending energy. He is dependable and plans well, which has resulted in a strong track record of delivery. Ray also quickly absorbed the principles of Surrey’s flexible working strategy and assisted with promoting it to the staff he was re-locating.

As the project progressed, I was comfortable with allowing Ray to extend his role beyond the traditional move management to project management of other aspects of the job. In particular, he worked extensively with our borough and district colleagues in setting up shared offices and establishing the facilities management requirements (Security cards, repographics, post etc). He achieved this work very well and again demonstrated his strong communication skills, whether dealing with a Chief Executive or a removal crew.

Ray has performed extremely well on our project and he has been a key member of the team. Based on this project, I would have no doubts about recommending him to others.

Yours faithfully,

Hazel Buxton. Operational Programmes and Projects Manager, Property.