William Edrich

William Edrich

Sector Director

Bill is an experienced executive board director with an exceptional ability to combine high-level strategy with turning innovative solutions into practical delivery.

Bill’s strength is to look beyond what exists, have a different perspective to others and think ‘out of the box’.  He is a natural leader, who cares passionately about driving a team to achieve success with experience in establishing, winning and delivering £130m+ capital programmes and projects in the field of energy, emerging smart technologies and environment over the last 25 years.

In his role as the Commercial Director (Energy) at Bristol City Council he developed, led and delivered one of the largest City energy programmes in the UK, with a project capital spend of more than £50m and 40 colleagues.  Bill also establish the commercialisation strategy and approach of the Council, including development of the Council’s company structure and the establishment of Bristol Energy, a fully licensed energy supplier.  He was the Managing Director of the Council’s group company Bristol Holding and a NED at Bristol Energy.  Since September 2017 he also had responsibility for the leadership of Facilities Management, Harbour and Culture Services across the Council.  This has involved managing a sixth of the Council workforce ~1000 colleagues across energy, museums, cultural events, historical assets, archives, council accommodation and facilities, H&S and the operation of the Harbour.

As the CEO of Yorkshire Energy Services (2006 – 2013) a community interest company, he led the  geographical expansion, colleague culture and growth of the company into an international award-winning CIC within the extremely competitive energy industry.  This included growing and expanding the company from four colleagues in December 2006 to fifty colleagues by April 2013, developing into a group structure with growth in turnover from £350k to c£18m, net profits (700%) and geographical coverage across England.   The company managed and sourced in excess of >£70m capital programmes with excellent staff retention and morale, winning a number of awards.

As the environment programme manager at the award winning Kirklees Council’s  Environment Unit, Bill led a number of leading edge programmes; such as the first Council in the UK to achieve whole council EMAS accreditation, installation of 5% of the UK solar capacity by 2005, installation of a number of wind turbines, assisting with the establishment of the Salix revolving loan fund as well as representing the Local Government Association on the CBI Emission Trading Group, the EST Innovations Grant Panel and at Parliamentary select committees.