Member for Nedlands
Bill has been the Member for Nedlands since his election in September 2008. Throughout his time in Parliament he has served in a number of roles as a Parliamentary Secretary and Minister, culminating in his current role of Minister for State Development; Finance; Innovation.
Bill was born in Kalgoorlie and grew up in both Wittenoom and Bunbury attending Wittenoom, Carey Park and Bunbury Central Primary Schools before Bunbury Senior High School and matriculating as a boarding student at Hale School. Immediately following school he became a resident of St Georges College and began studying engineering at UWA.
After university Bill managed to secure a job with Main Roads, working and living in many regional areas of Western Australia including Narrogin, Bunbury, Derby and Kalgoorlie Divisions.
During his service at Main Roads Bill oversaw road construction crews at Augusta, Great Northern Highway (between Broome & Sandfire) and Eyre Highway. He designed the widening of the Kwinana Freeway between the Narrows Bridge and Canning Bridge from 2 lanes each way to 3 lanes. Bill also did all the drainage design for stage 4 of the Mitchell Freeway between Hutton Street and Warwick Road.
Bill was seconded to the Office of the Auditor General for 2 years to do value for money analysis on government infrastructure projects including Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Geraldton Marina, Albert Facey House and Health Buildings in East Perth.
He returned to Main Roads to manage the implementation of Main Roads “Quality Management System’ before being seconded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the Principle Private Secretary to the Minister for Health, Consumer Affairs and the Arts, Hon. Peter Foss.
Bill eventually became a Director in the Office of the Premier, working directly for Premier Richard Court and in this role was Chairman of the Graffiti Taskforce, Acting Director of the Capital City Development Unit (advising on the Barrack Square and Belltower developments) and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Honours Committee for WA.
Bill left 24 years of public service in 2001 and formed Syme Marmion & Co with his fellow Master of Business Management colleague John Syme. Syme Marmion & Co undertook many project development assessments and business cases for the private sector and the State Government including Perth Arena, Netball Centre, WA Rowing Course and Scarborough Foreshore Development. After 7 years, Bill left Syme Marmion & Co to run for the seat of Nedlands in 2008.
In his private time Bill has been an active volunteer for his engineering profession and for the WA hockey community for over 40 years. He was President of the WA Division of Engineers Australia in 1999 and is now an honorary fellow. He also was President of YMCC Hockey Club for 5 years and still plays over 60’s state competition hockey.
Bill, his wife Katelyn and five children live in the City of Nedlands.