Over the years Bill’s work experience has spanned both the public and private sectors, together with a number of voluntary memberships of various boards and institutions. He has been a committed trade unionist all his working life, run his own business, and has undertaken a wide cross-section of voluntary work. Bill was a mature student reading law at the University of Central Lancashire and post-graduate study at Manchester Metropolitan in industrial relations and labour law. He has worked for the TUC since 2001.
Bill is able to communicate at all levels, from Government minsters, academics, students, workers and vulnerable adults. He has worked as a volunteer in a free legal information service providing advocacy to those unable to afford legal representation and has served on the employee relations forum at The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). He has also been a board member of the Open College Network for Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Y&H Regional Assembly. Bill has also chaired the Social forum in his home city of Preston.
He has also been involved in community activity to combat discrimination and racism. Currently Bill is Director of Creativity Works, Preston – a charity helping disaffected young people succeed in their education – and has recently been appointed as a board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership for the Sheffield City region. He is also a current member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) committee on climate change and a just transition.
Bill has experience in international training and organising of exchange visits in North Africa, Europe and the USA for trade union representatives, Bill is a member of the international editorial board of Working USA, the Journal of Labour and Society and has also been involved in fundraising for Child Health Advocacy International.