Bill Ferris

Bill Ferris
Deputy Chair of the England, London & South Committee
Trained as an accountant, Bill gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Management from the University of Aston.

His passion is for applying entrepreneurial thinking to complex heritage projects to create sustainable and engaging outcomes at the heart of place.

His involvement in the operational management and leadership of the sector commenced in 1988 when he became the first Commercial Manager of the Yorkshire Mining Museum.  He then moved to the commercial visitor attraction world working as Operations Director for Heritage Projects whose portfolio, at the time, included the Jorvik Viking Centre and many others.  He was involved in several Millennium Project “business recovery” and operational consultancy roles before moving to be Chief Executive of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust where he has been since 2000.

In this role he has fundraised and managed preservation, education and engagement projects, under the strategy of “Preservation through Re-Use”, totalling approximately £45m which have helped transform the once dilapidated former Naval Base into a thriving mixed-use heritage site at the heart of Medway’s regeneration.

Bill was awarded the OBE for Services to Heritage in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours and he is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent

Interests include trout fishing, mountaineering and skiing.