Billy completed his first buy-out in 1995 and since then has been actively involved in a number of leveraged buy-outs, working closely with private equity investors and high net worth individuals.
He joined E.J. Stiell as an apprentice in 1976 and led a management buy out in 1995. Between 1995 and 2002 he transformed Stiell into the leading independent UK facilities management company.
Following the successful sale of Stiell to Alfred McAlpine, Billy became part of a buy-in team at ASCO, the Aberdeen based oil and gas logistics business.
Against a background of credit crunch, recession and fluctuating oil prices, Billy delivered strong growth at ASCO, building an international group of companies through a series of acquisitions before achieving a successful exit in 2011.
In parallel, Billy was also part of the buy-in team at Europa Support Services, where he was Chairman between 2006 and 2013, when the business was sold to Bilfinger Berger.
Over the last twenty years, Billy has also been involved in a number of smaller investments across a range of markets, normally as Chairman and co-investor.
Billy has been Chairman of the Scottish University for Industry, the inaugural Chairman of Skills Development Scotland, and a Board Member at Partick Thistle Football Club.