Executive and Governance Office

Staff Profile

Bill Macleod

Bill is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 25 years until he retired in 2020.

He has had a long association with Newcastle University Business School having worked with the Accountancy degree programme since 2005 and then as chair of the International Advisory Board to the Business School between 2015 and 2022.

During his career with PwC, Bill held the following roles:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board which is PwC UK’s governance body. As part of this role, Bill:
    • chaired PwC’s own Audit and Risk Committee
    • served on PwC’s equivalent of a remuneration committee
    • was a member of the Partner Affairs Committee which dealt with partnership matters
  • PwC UK Ethics Partner with oversight of the firm’s professional ethics matters.
  • Newcastle office Senior Partner.
  • Audit partner – Bill has led the audits of a wide range of listed and private companies.
  • Earlier in his career, Bill worked overseas for five years spending two years in New York and three years in Dubai.

 Bill’s other roles are:

  • Non-Executive director and Audit Committee Chair at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Non-Executive director and Finance Group Chair at NewcastleGateshead Initiative Limited.
  • Trustee at Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.
  • Member of the Ethics Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

 Bill lives in Northumberland and is originally from Scotland. He holds an Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow.