Originally from a livestock farming background, William relocated from Northern Ireland in 2015 to develop the new role, managing the Society’s agricultural activities and developing a strategy for the organisations future role within the regions agricultural sector.
William was hands on in his families farming operation, as well as holding a number of wider industry positions engaging with government on animal health issues, education and demonstration projects as well as wider agricultural policy on a number of stakeholder groups.
Williams interests in agriculture go back to his childhood which is where he attributes his wide base of knowledge and enthusiastic curiosity for farming to and admits he is always on the lookout for a better way to do things. He is a staunch advocate of systems based farming, technology to assist decision making, the career opportunities food and farming have to offer and the importance of a vibrant farming industry.
In 2009 he was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study genetic improvement in beef cattle and in 2013 a place on the Windsor Leadership Trusts emerging leader’s course courtesy of the Farmers Club.