Obituary: Tim Wray, Our former Chairman

Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said:

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of our former Chairman Tim Wray, aged 69, following a short illness.  Having joined Turner & Townsend in 1971, Tim devoted his entire 45 year career to Turner & Townsend and was an instrumental figure in the development of the firm. Tim relocated to South Africa in 1982 to establish the firm’s first business outside of the UK, and following great success in expanding its reach across a number of countries in Africa, Tim was appointed Turner & Townsend’s Chairman and Senior Partner in 1999.  In that role Tim established the foundations for a period of significant growth, which saw Turner & Townsend become one of the most pre-eminent global construction consultants.   His achievements in growing a truly global business were recognised with three Queen’s Awards for Export during his tenure as Chairman.

 “Tim was a well-respected industry figure, dedicated to championing the development of our people, at every stage of their career.  In 2000, he created the Chairman’s Group – a global initiative which challenges our people to provide bold, insightful and practical solutions to real issues.  Many of those who were part of the initiative in its early years are now partners in the business.  Tim was also a strong advocate of adding value to the communities in which we operate.  For example, he established many toy libraries in South Africa, to help disadvantaged families.  

 “It was a privilege to know Tim personally and to work alongside him for 20 years.  He was a visionary and a strong leader – astute, generous and charismatic.  He will be greatly missed by all in the Turner & Townsend family.”