William Woods has a wealth of international securities market experience and specific corporate government expertise. He is a known governance expert for investment funds and public companies. He has advised governments and supra-national aid agencies, such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, on securities laws and financial services. Mr. Woods also has 20 years’ experience in business development and strategic planning for stock exchanges, including over six years as the CEO of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. He has helped design capital markets and the marketing and business development for exchanges in Hong Kong, China, India and Canada.
Mr. Woods currently serves as an independent director on the boards of several hedge funds and as an Independent Review Committee member for several Canadian investment fund groups. He is the President and CEO of Independent Review Inc., a firm specializing in investment fund governance and sound governance for public companies.
Mr. Woods was educated in the UK and obtained an LL.B from the University of Manchester. He is permitted to practice in Bermuda, England, Wales and Hong Kong. He obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) in June 2017.