Bill celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 23rd August and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks Bill for his dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and his extensive work abroad helping vulnerable people and for the last 18 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.
Bill is a leading campaigner for human rights and a former founder member of the Jubilee Campaign. He was made a Freeman of Wigan in 2000 for his work, particularly in Eastern Europe.
As a Director of the Epiphany Trust, Bill has developed a range of award winning projects in Romania, with the Karen People in Thailand and Burma and in Sri Lanka as well as founding Chrysalis Holidays – a social enterprise in Greater Manchester providing educational holidays for adults with learning disabilities.
Bill’s background is in surveying in which role he has worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He currently sits on the board of ‘Crossroads Global Village’ which companies with surplus goods with charities that need them.
Bill received an OBE in 2020, honoured for ‘Services to vulnerable people overseas’.
An Honorary Rotarian with Newton-le-Willows Jubilee Rotary and President of Lowton Independent Methodist Church. He is married to Pam and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2005.