He was first elected to the County Council in 2001 to represent the Wigston South Division, and is now serving in his fourth term of office.
Bill’s experience as a County Councillor has included acting as Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Corporate Governance Committee and the Employment Committee. He has also sat on the Budget and Performance Monitoring Scrutiny Panel, the Scrutiny Commission, and the Highways Forum for Oadby and Wigston.
Bill represents the County Council on the Community Forums for Wigston and South Wigston, chairing the Wigston Forum.
Bill has served in local government for 30 years having first been elected to Oadby and Wigston Borough Council’s Central Ward in 1982. During that time he has chaired a number of the borough’s major committees reflecting his interests in health, housing and the environment. He served both as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Borough Council and had the honour of serving as Mayor of Oadby and Wigston in 2001/02.
Bill’s hobbies include time spent with his family, gardening (he keeps an allotment), local history, keeping chickens and frequenting Norfolk and Derbyshire when possible to relax.
Bill is very active in his local community. Since retiring from business Bill has enjoyed hosting heritage walks covering the landmarks and history around Wigston. He also gives talks to local groups on industry and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Bill supports a great many local community groups and charities. He is Chairman of the Trustees at the Wigston Framework Knitters Museum; he is a member of the Wigston Friends of Local Charities, which organises a large annual fund raising event which distributes the proceeds to local charities; and he is a governor at Guthlaxton College.
Bill is married to Linda, and has a daughter and two grandchildren, and two step daughters. Linda will be acting as Bill’s Consort during the civic year.