Ray Harris - Director
Joined Odyssey in June 2012
Life Before Odyssey
Trained & qualified at Ernst & Young before moving to Coopers & Lybrand Corporate Finance at tender age of 25. Brief spell at Catalyst before jumping over the fence to become a venture capitalist for 8 years at Catapult Ventures.
University of East Anglia graduate and Chartered Accountant.
Ray has been doing deals either as adviser or investor since 1995. At his age he can’t remember all the separate deals he’s done or been involved in, but estimates it is way over 50 separate companies, doing 75+ deals.
17 of the deals were done in his 8 years as a venture capitalist. His track record as a VC was exemplary, with his investment record upon leaving being the best at Catapult (even though that meant losing a few investments. Mistakes are just as useful as successes sometimes).
He also ran the VC non-executive director database and sat on the boards of all of his investments, so has experience in living with growing companies, the real life issues they face and difficult decisions they have to take.
Overall Ray has a broad experience – adviser, investor, non executive director. He has advised on MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions, fundraising, refinancing and sales. He has also done two periods of secondments within large plcs, both buying and selling, seeing how processes differ in industry (and they do).
Outside of Work
Three boys means that Ray spends most of his time at the weekend taking lads to football, tennis, rugby & shooting fixtures. What little spare time he does get, he devotes to his new found love of triathlons just to prove he is not middle aged and having a crisis!