William grew up in Beaufort West and also matriculated there. He obtained his B.Sc. Agric at Stellenbosch University (1983). Started working at the Land Bank as an agricultural officer from 1984 to 2001 in George and Cape Town. He then accepted the position of Agricultural Economist at Senwes (Kroonstad) for 2 years. Start with SSK in (2003) as Agricultural Economist and currently occupies the Credit Manager position.