Bill was born and raised in and around Leigh-on-Sea in England.
After graduating from Southend High School, he earned honors degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England. His college years were spent as an intern at Rolls-Royce plc, (design and manufacture of Aero-Engines) completing a formal Engineering apprenticeship.
After 4 years employed at Rolls-Royce plc as an Engineer, he accepted a role at GE Aviation in 1988. His 32-year career at GE Aviation has spanned roles in: mechanical design and analysis; management of design, repair, and program management technical teams; and the technical leadership of a $100M+ manufacturing subsidiary in West Michigan. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and a certified Reliability Practitioner. His most recent role as a Consulting Engineer has him focusing his time across all GE Aviation engine products with a concentration on the design of Turbine Airfoils for improved producibility and higher quality.
Bill became a citizen of the United States in 1995.
After several years re-organizing his street Blockwatch, Bill became engaged in Cincinnati Community leadership as the VP of Safety for Pleasant Ridge Community Council, and then held the role of President for 5+ years. He remains the chair of the neighborhood Safety Committee.
During his time with PRCC, there was a period of significant growth in the Pleasant Ridge Business District which resulted after many years of hard work by the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation. To sustain this growth it required a much-improved engagement between Pleasant Ridge Community Council, Cincinnati council and City Management. One of the ways Bill helped improved these relationships was by leading his council in efforts to improve community safety.
His council’s work on community safety included: the strengthening of the partnership with CPD, organizing the Community Blockwatch and spearheading COPP (Citizens on Patrol) and ‘Good Guys Loitering’ activities to complement CPD efforts. This partnership and activity have in part led to Pleasant Ridge being among tone of the large neighborhoods with the lowest crime in the city. This in turn has helped the Business District thrive, and the residential streets significantly improve.
In this same period, Bill worked alongside Pleasant Ridge Housing Committee has worked closely with the City Legal [CA1] , Planning, and Health Departments and the Law & Public Safety Committee on problem Landlords, and has a 100% record in forcing improvements, or significant penalties on targeted Pleasant Ridge Landlords who refuse to meet city standards.
In reaction to traffic safety concerns, Bill’s Council formed its Traffic Committee dubbed ‘Pleasant Streets’ which has become a major partner with other neighborhoods to improve Pedestrian and Driver safety in and around Pleasant Ridge.
Since his time as PRCC President, Bill has been elected to the Board of the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, believing as he does that it is vital to improve the efficiency of City Council, and City Management. He believes that the best solution to the city’s problems will not come from any national Political party, but from a dedication to doing what is best for the city, no matter who comes up with the solution.