Bill retired from the Harrogate District Council in May 2014 after 19 years and was appointed as an Alderman in July 2014. He remains a County Councillor and is currently Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the North Yorkshire County Council. On that Council he serves on the Planning and Regulatory Committee and the Audit Committee. Bill also represents the County Council on the Gouthwaite Reservoir Management Board. He is also a Trustee on the Chain Lane Community Centre and the Links Youth Charity.
In his spare time he is interested in fell walking and reading.