Bill was educated at Fettes College and has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Stirling University.
Bill Gammell founded Cairn Energy and was Chief Executive from the Company’s initial listing in 1988 until 30 June 2011. Over the last five years Cairn has returned $4.5 billion to its shareholders. Bill stood down as Chairman of Cairn Energy in 2014 and is a Director of Figured Ltd, offering strategic business advice to clients.
He has over 35 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry and was awarded a knighthood in 2006 for services to industry in Scotland.
Sir Bill, who is an ex-Scotland rugby internationalist (1977-1980) is Chairman of the Winning Scotland Foundation and Chairman of Genius Gluten Free. He was also an Independent Director of Glasgow 2014 Limited and a member of the British Olympic Advisory Board.
A director of the Scottish Institute of Sport and Artemis AiM VCT plc, and in 2004 he was awarded UK Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2006 he founded Winning Scotland Foundation to mobilise efforts to raise aspirations and self-belief amongst young people in Scotland. The Foundation's vision is ‘to help all young people in Scotland achieve their personal best’ and over £7 million has been invested to date.
In the 2006 honours list, Gammell was made a Knight Bachelor "for services to Industry in Scotland". In 2011 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Robert Gordon University.
He is married with four sons.