William is a Chartered Accountant who had a career in the City of London with a specialism in advising professional services firms. This involved him working with businesses of all sizes, including a number of considerable scale and with global coverage. He has had a non-executive role with Barnes Construction since 1981 and Chairman since 2001 and so has experience of the development of the business since its early days. He has been very much involved in the strategy and non-adversarial philosophy of the business and ensuring that staff continue to feel part of a true family firm.
William has been a Trustee of St Elizabeth Hospice for 15 years – both David and Mary Barnes were also involved with this wonderful charity in its earlier times. A long-time environmentalist, he remains keenly interested in ensuring that Barnes Construction are leading and setting the sustainability agenda within our industry and region as well as actively supporting a range of wildlife and local community charities.