Born in Scotland, he left school at 15 and worked in an engineering factory and later attained a degree in Politics and Economics, a Masters in Local Government and a Post-Graduate Diploma in HR. Bill has worked for seven Councils both on the front-line and at the corporate centre (Strathclyde Regional Council, Walsall MBC, Edinburgh City Council, Rochdale MBC and Harrogate BC). In 2006, he undertook a secondment at Fylde Borough Council ' as well as holding down the day job at West Lancashire.
Bill also has experience of working in the private sector and was, for a number of years, a non-executive director of a technology company. In 2006-7, he was the first person from local government to be named as Business Leader of the Year in the National Customer Service Awards.
Key business interests include:-
- Customer Service/Technology Interface
- Community Safety
- Leadership Development.
On a personal basis, he is a reformed 'gym junkie' who now pursues his addictive habits on the golf course.