Bill has over 30 years’ teaching and research experience within higher education. His most recent post was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) where he had responsibility for the development of research capability and capacity. He has been Head of three academic departments at MMU, all of which were concerned with the education and training of health and social care professionals, including the NHS sponsored community health, CPD and postgraduate portfolio. Bill has a strong and enduring commitment to health and social care research. He has both a Masters degree by research and a PhD in social psychology from Manchester University and has supervised to completion many PhD studies into various aspects of health and wellbeing. As Chair of the Faculty Academic Ethics and Research Degrees Committees at MMU, he has played a significant role in the development of research activity over a number of years. Bill left his substantive post at MMU in 2013 and returned as a Visiting Senior Fellow essentially to facilitate the development of doctoral education both within the faculty and across the university. This was primarily concerned with staff development but he has continued to supervise research degree students. He has recently been awarded a Visiting Professorship to further this and other research activity. Bill has replaced Lynne Goodacre who left NHS R&D North West at the end of November 2015 to pursue other opportunities.