Bill is a security and intelligence professional of some thirty years' standing. Most recently he served in the leadership of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Prior to that he worked for the National Criminal Intelligence Service, and in various Civil Service roles embracing policy and operational aspects of defence, security, intelligence, counter-terrorism and protection.
In SOCA, he had responsibility for developing the intelligence management strategy and related capabilities. This included establishing the Open Source Intelligence Unit and overseeing information legal issues such as the operation of authorities under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and compliance with the Data Protection Act. He led the development of approaches to intelligence exploitation through 'big data' analytics and data fusion, and worked on problems of corruption by organised crime.
Bill also led the UK's national Financial Intelligence Unit, which resided in SOCA, managing a significant element of the national response to the threat from money laundering and terrorist financing, including the UK's regime for national reporting of suspicious financial activities and transactions. In addition he held portfolios for managing strategy, international law enforcement cooperation through Interpol, and corporate risk.
He holds MA and PhD degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.