Ray in British Army uniform standing next to an NHS banner.

Ray Olive

Warrant Officer Class One – Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers


I was a Warrant Officer Class One (Artificer Sergeant Major) in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, British Army, and now I work as Assistant Director of People and OD at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

I first attended a Career Transition Partnership workshop where I was advised to look at the NHS jobs website, which is where I found my current role. The recruitment process was open and honest. I was told that I didn’t meet the description for the role, but it was observed that my transferable military skills could be very useful to the trust. My role in the military was very similar to the role for which I applied, although this could have been missed from the wording of the advert.

There has been a lot to learn in my new role but being a veteran, I am used to following processes.  I hope to make Executive Director within the next five to ten years and the next five years will be about learning the NHS ways, and helping my current trust become the best that it can be.

Ray’s employer told us: “When we were recruiting for our Assistant Director of People & OD, we were looking for someone different, someone that could bring an alternative view and perspective into the team in order to challenge how we were doing things.  Ray has certainly brought that to UHMBT.”