Meet William Bourne


William has been working in the institutional asset markets for over 30 years and in various, mainly non-executive, roles with pension funds since 2009.


A thought leader within the financial industry, he has been quoted in numerous articles and papers, both media and academic, as well as in Government responses to consultations.


He has particular technical skills in:

• Asset allocation and strategy - a core skill and interest throughout his career.
• Governance, where he acts as the chair of the Local Pension Board for two £5bn funds.
• Fund selection, where he worked at length both as an investor in funds and as a marketer.
• Japan, where he lived for eight years of his career and managed a 50-person office.


William is an experienced meeting Chair, and is familiar with LGPS legislation and regulations from his experience as an Adviser, Local Pension Board Chair and interim Pension Officer.


Current non-executive roles


Independent Adviser to East Sussex Pension Committee

Independent Adviser to Nottinghamshire Pension Fund Committee

Independent Adviser to Middlesbrough Borough Council, who manage Teesside Pension Fund

Independent Chair of the Lancashire County Pension Fund Local Pension Board

Independent Chair of the LPFA Local Pension Board




Having won an academic King’s Scholarship to Eton College (the third generation in his family to do so, with his eldest son now being the fourth), William then went up to New College, Oxford University to read Classics. Once his career was in full force, William then embarked on a part-time Masters degree in Finance at the London Business School, regarding it as a valuable tool to keep himself ahead of the field.


Out of Hours

Older friends would tend to think of William in terms of boats and sailing – and not without reason. A lot of his youth was spent sailing small yachts around the more remote and interesting parts of northern Europe, earning a reputation as a respected, if hard-driving, skipper. Having said that, his crew were always keen to return for a second dose!


Of late, it’s dry land where William spends much of his free time – not least in his large East Sussex garden where he continues his war of attrition against slugs in the quest for growing his own fruit and veg.


Away from the garden (and slugs) William is a keen bridge player, competing with varying success at county level.


Married with four children, his favourite holiday destination remains the birthplace of his wife, Japan. Like its stockmarket, William sees it as a country of endless possibilities.


Proud of his ancestry and genealogy, William holds fascinating and detailed records of the Bourne family going back to the 14th century.


And in the 18th century, there lived an ancestor called Jason Bourne. But that’s another story.