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Bill Payne

Board Mentor


Bill is a Non-executive Director of RoomRocket, a US VC-backed hotel platform, a member of the Advisory Board at iamYiam, a global health and wellbeing portal and also a member of the advisory board at Usablemedia, a digital intelligence company. Bill also runs his own strategic and advisory consulting company Acadameus, which advises start-ups, mid-caps and high growth companies. He was formerly Chair of Primedoc, a private equity-backed document and workflow management company, and NED and Chair of Audit at Tekcapital plc, a global university technology and intellectual property services company.

Bill is also a Venture Capitalist with Octopus Investments and a visiting Professor at several top business schools, including Lancaster University, Henley Management School, Lyon Business School and the University of Surrey where he was President of Surrey Business School MBA. He specialises in Commercialisation, Selling, Channels and Partnerships.

Prior to his portfolio career, Bill was a senior executive in IBM where he had a series of leadership roles in consulting, strategy and process outsourcing in Europe and globally. His last role for the company saw him lead the disposal of the $1.3bn global customer outsourcing business of 52,000 people to Synnex/Concentrix. His early career also included time with both Accenture and Shell.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveried in the Company of Marketors.

In addition, Bill is a valued Board Mentor with Criticaleye giving guidance and a trusted sounding board to executives.