Bill Matthews MBA, BSc (Eng), BA (Psychology), BA (Humanities), C.Eng, FCMI, MIET, MCIM
After graduating from Glasgow University in 1984, Bill began a fifteen year career with Motorola Semiconductors in East Kilbride, Scotland and Austin, Texas. He progressed through Engineering and Marketing departments via a series of managerial and leadership roles to the position of Director, Systems and Strategy for the Automotive Safety Systems business, becoming a member of a global Leadership Development Program. It was during this period that Bill began to take an interest in the disciplines of leadership and development, and he was encouraged by Motorola to take an MBA at Strathclyde University. In 2000 Bill was headhunted into the SME Hi-Tech world, right before the dot com crash, providing him with vital experience in running small businesses through boom and bust. During this period Bill consolidated his interest in people development with a BA in Psychology from the Open University.
Bill began the development of his portfolio career in 2004 with an appointment to the Management Board of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as part of the first group of non-executive directors recruited by the then Scottish Executive - leading to him being appointed as Chair of Audit at COPFS and jointly chairing the Non-Executive Forum across Scottish Government. Bill has subsequently served on the Board of a number of non-executive roles in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement for both Scottish and UK Government bodies, as well as chairing Scotland's biggest Special NHS Board - NHS National Services Scotland. In 2010 he was appointed as a BBC Trustee, reflecting his interest in media and public service broadcasting and completing a journey that began in 2005 when he became a volunteer member of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland (he now chairs the successor body - the Audience Council Scotland).
In parallel with his career in public service, Bill has developed a portfolio of other interests, including his work coaching and developing individuals and boards - where one of his specialties is working with aspiring non-executive directors. He has also enjoyed time in the world of creative media and maintains his passion for lifelong learning through continued study at the Open University, most recently completing a degree in the Humanities with a specialism in Creative Writing.
A more detailed CV is available upon request.