Meet the Rayner Management Team
Rayner's international Executive Team is deeply committed to realising the company's global potential. With almost half of the team joining Rayner through 2012-2013, the company is led by a diverse mix of people with both fresh ideas and in-depth knowledge of our business, people and customers. We believe this gives us the ideal blend of skills and expertise.
Tim Clover – CEO
Tim joined the Rayner Group Board in May 2014. Tim has spent many years in the ophthalmic market and brings to Rayner extensive knowledge of medical devices, ophthalmic services and strategic investment.
Tim was a founder and European VP of Advanced Medical Optics which was spun out of Allergan Inc, listed on the NYSE and subsequently acquired by Abbott Inc. More recently he was CEO of Moonray Healthcare, a private equity fund within Fidelity Worldwide Investments in which Optegra was a landmark investment. Tim led a team which grew Optegra into a leading worldwide provider of eye surgery centres operating from 23 specialist eye hospitals across Europe and Asia.
Tim has a passion for swimming, cycling and running and regularly competes in triathlons.
Darren Millington – CFO
Darren joined the Rayner Group Board in August 2014 with 8 years’ experience as a CFO in public and private companies. Following an MSc in Theoretical Physics, Darren worked in new product development for AEA Technology before joining Arthur Andersen (later Deloitte) to become a chartered accountant. Once qualified he worked for IP Group plc as part of a small team helping commercialise innovative university technologies. He then joined one of these spin-out companies, Summit Corporation, which specialises in developing drugs for muscular dystrophy and TB. The company was successfully floated in 2004 on the AIM market.
Darren’s most recent position was as CFO at Gama Aviation, an aviation and engineering company with operations around the world and revenues over $200m. In each of his recent roles Darren has helped the companies grow through investment and acquisition.
Darren is a keen cyclist who can be found climbing the Sussex hills most weekends.
Juliette Cook, Quality and Regulatory Director
Juliette joined the company in 2010. Her team is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance, product registrations, quality systems and the company’s clinical research programme. Juliette is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Member of the Institute of Directors and The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and has worked in the Global Healthcare industry for over 20 years.
She has had diverse roles in managing design, research and development, quality management systems and leading regulatory affairs teams both in the UK, Europe and overseas in developing countries.
Juliette relishes continuous improvement and being involved in the development of new industry regulations.
As a contrast to the activities at work, Juliette enjoys travelling and amateur dramatics.
Nat Davies, R&D Director
Nat has been with Rayner for over 10 years. He joined the company as a Product/Process Engineer shortly after obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sussex, eventually progressing to lead the R&D department and finally to take on his current role as Director of Research & Development in 2013. During his time in the company, Nat has led, and been involved in, many projects, from the development of innovative new products and manufacturing processes to the formation of a company-wide project management system.
His current activities are focussed on building Rayner’s reputation as a market leader in innovation.
Outside of work, Nat has recently become a Dad for the first time so has limited time for other interests, but he does enjoy watching sports and even snowboarding when time allows!
Chris Davison, Director of Operations
Chris joined Rayner in September 2015 as Director of Operations.
With almost 30 years in the industry, Chris brings to the role a wealth of experience in lens production. He has held various engineering and management positions for multiple lens manufacturing equipment suppliers, and has travelled to facilities in over 30 countries including a number of turn-key installations. For 13 years, he was the Senior Business Unit Manager of CooperVision’s made-to-order contact lens division with whom he led a number of successful production site transfers. Most recently, he project-managed the start-up of Sauflon’s MTO lens business.
Chris is a Chartered Manager and has an MBA. Married with twins who are at college, Chris relaxes by taking his dog Maisie for long walks on the beach
Cary Dawes, Commercial Director
Cary was appointed to the Board in 2005. He subsequently joined our intraocular lens business in 2007, initially as UK Commercial Director where he achieved year-on-year double digit growth. Cary is currently Commercial Director where he seeks to replicate his sales success in the UK.
Prior to joining Rayner, Cary enjoyed a career in banking and his last role was as Sales Director for Barclays Premier banking.
Cary’s great grandfather was Jean-Baptiste Reiner, one of the two original founders of Rayner in 1910 and accordingly Cary has a very particular connection with the Rayner business.
Cary is married to Laura, has 3 children (including a set of twins) and a dog, Honey.
Cepta Kelly, Legal Director
Cepta first acted for Rayner at the London law firm with which she trained and of which Rayner was a longstanding client. Following a number of years working in private practice in London, Cepta joined The BOC Group plc as one of its Legal Advisers, based at its corporate headquarters in Surrey. As a member of BOC's global legal team, she advised and supported the industrial gases giant across a wide range of commercial and employment matters.
In 2002 Cepta was approached by Rayner to become its first in-house Counsel. Since then she has supported the business and on a daily basis advises on a varied range of legal issues.
In her spare time Cepta enjoys opera, the theatre, food and travelling.