Bill was born in Sydney and after completing an Economics Degree he travelled extensively overseas. After his arrival in London in 1973, Bill co-founded Topdeck Travel, now one of the UK’s leading youth tour operators. On his return to Australia in 1984, Bill was a founding director of Flight Centre Limited, a listed travel company and one of Australia’s leading retailers. Bill remains a shareholder in the company and is a director of the Flight Centre Foundation. Bill has also published Field Guide to the Kokoda Track, a comprehensive guide for trekkers. He now pursues his interests in history, travel, surfboarding, golfing, hiking and philanthropy.