Ray Sullivan


Ray Sullivan has accumulated a lifetime of experience that he has contributed to Hampton Partners. Ray was born in Kenya and moved to Australia in the 1960’s where he completed high school and studied for his Bachelor of Business Degree at The Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University.)

Ray’s initial employment was as a cost clerk at a metal manufacturing business. Subsequently he commenced working as an Auditor with Coopers and Lybrand. In due course an opportunity to assist with the study load availed by a trainee position with the Postmaster Generals Office (PMG).

A promotion to the Australian Taxation Office started a specialisation in Accounting and Taxation which included all tax assessment areas and culminated in major taxation investigation roles.

Whilst with the taxation office Ray was invited to work in Papua New Guinea in a training and investigation role. He subsequently relocated to Canberra and worked in treasury preparing advice for the then treasurer Mr John Howard.

In the early 1980’s Ray returned to his country of birth and worked for the Kenyan office of Accounting firms Pannell Kerr Fosters and Touché Ross. These roles saw Ray travel on financial assignments for large companies to Tanzania, Somalia and Saudi Arabia. Much of this was under the auspices of head offices in the UK and Canada.

In 1985, after the birth of his son Guy, Ray returned with his family to Australia and decided he wanted country principles and influences on his family, consequently the move to Manjimup where his two daughters, Shonali and Olivia, were born.

Ray used his accounting, taxation and business experience to start and nurture Hampton Partners to its present position and has been aided by Steve and Derek in the later years.

Whilst not a great traditional sportsman in his own right, Ray has held a pilot’s licence for a number of years and restarted the Manjimup Aero Club. His passion for the odd beer and a run culminated in the Manjimup Hash House Harriers.

Ray will try most things within reason and skis (water and snow), rides a bicycle and has started swimming. Ray was a parachute jumper for a period, always looking for a place for a rough landing, and a glider pilot which had far more gentle landings.