Chairman, Wellcome Trust Prior to taking up this appointment Sir William was President and Chief Executive Office of GE Healthcare, the global medical diagnostics and biosciences business of the General Electric Company, of which he was also a Vice Chairman. Sir William remains a Director of the General Electric Company and is a non-executive Director of BP plc. Prior to its acquisition by GE in 2004, Sir William was Chief Executive of Amersham plc for 15 years. Earlier in his career he held various positions with the Wellcome Foundation.
Bill Castell’s previous not-for-profit roles include being a council member of the UK Medical Research Council (2001-2004), and Chair of the Prince’s Trust (1998-2003). He is an Honorary Fellow at Green Templeton College Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cardiff, an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 under the will of Sir Henry Wellcome, it is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research.