It's not all about the day job.... here are some of Bill's parallel tracks ..
MUSIC : Alongside his more conventional career, Bill used to spend quite a lot of time hanging around the music business. A relatively unconvincing musician himself (bass and guitar), his greatest achievement (!) came in 2008 as part of the team behind the British Country Music Association's Album of the Year - on which he performed a number of musical roles as well as being co-writer and co-producer. As part of OneDay40, and predecessor band Evangeline, Bill played a wide range of venues ranging from Glasgow's own Grand Ole Opry to the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. The "Unfinished Business" album is still available on iTunes here. Bill's background in marketing was used extensively during this period, during which he successfully deployed a number of social media strategies.
Bill has worked behind the scenes in a variety of management and other roles with a number of artists, ranging from Horse to Big Vern 'n the Shootahs. The long-time manager of Nightshift, one of Scotland's most successful function bands, Bill was a co-founder of Scotland's only professional gospel choir, managing The Gospel Truth Choir since their formation in 2007 and working with artists ranging from Sir Tom Jones via Ricky Ross and Paul Carrack (below) to The Skids - and getting the opportunity to record with B.A. Robertson in Abbey Road Studios famous Studio 2 (home of The Beatles). The most recent album from TGTC - "Live from Grand Central" is available here. Bill regards the organisation of a group of up to 40 choristers and other musicians as one of the most rewarding people management challenges that he has undertaken. Recently Bill has been working with long time associate Deke McGee on promoting his authentic brand of Rhythm 'n Blues.
STUDY : Bill has been a student at the Open University on and off since 1997 when he began his BA in Psychology, and remains a huge fan of their method and content. Having taken a variety of courses over the years has recently converted his Diploma in Music into a BA in Humanities with Creative Writing. More information about the Open University can be found here.
GENEALOGY : Prompted by the discovery of a handwritten family tree started by his late father, Bill has become a well practiced genealogist, successfully tracing one line of his family back to the 12th century. He's also managed to track down previously unknown living relatives for people in Australia, England, Ireland and the USA - thoroughly enjoying the delicate process of introducing them to each other.
KEEPING FIT : Over the years Bill has raised several thousand pounds in sponsorship for a variety of charities - most often the Childrens Hospice Association Scotland - by running. Despite a genetic build that works hard against it, he regularly completes 10K races and is proud of his 52 minute PB (and still quite surprised).
RAILWAYS : The grandson of a train driver, it's obviously in his DNA. Since childhood Bill has been a regular visitor to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cumbria - where he spent many Summers working as a volunteer labourer learning many of the basics of hard work and great leadership (and the power of self-deprecation). He is old enough to remember fondly the (long gone) volunteer accomodation Skid Row, but despite a much more professional and customer-centric approach still rates the railway as one of the most peaceful and tranquil diversions in life and a great place to recharge.