William (Billy)



Professional Software Test Lead /Test Manager MBCS (Retired)


Winchburgh, Broxburn, EH52 6UW


+44 1506-202125

ABOUT US (Bill & Karen)





Bill: Born and bred in Northeast Scotland (Keith, Banffshire) however spent the vast majority of life away from it and visits are now infrequent. Married to Karen, my centre of gravity and for whom my world revolves.


Karen (the pretty one on the left): is originally from Glasgow's east end. We met in 1988 when we both worked at The Queen's College, now Glasgow Caledonian University, and married in January 1990.


Karen worked for City of Edinburgh Council, latterly, as one of their Housing Regeneration Managers but in spite of that - and being my wife - remains remarkably sane. She left The Queen's College in 1990 to work with Glasgow Council (and is now also retired).



BILL'S CAREER "working to live, not living to work"


Two separate and busy career streams....


Scientific Civil Service 1969 - 1982 Meteorological Office (Air Ministry), UK and Overseas. See 'Career 1' below.


IT Professional 1985 - 2017 Mostly within large Financial Services organisations. Software development until 1996, and dedicated software testing thereafter. See 'Career 2' below.

Career 1 - Meteorological Office


Assistant Scientific Officer, Synoptic and Upper-Air Meteorology with mobility throughout the UK (excluding Wales) at RAF and Civilian Airfields as well as Ocean Weather Ship service in the Atlantic, and overseas service in the Indian Ocean.


Career 2 - Software Developer /Tester


An experienced and rounded software tester and test manager with a portfolio of experience, training and skills transferable (in theory if not de facto) to project management when necessary. Good experience in test strategy and planning, manual and automated testing, functional and non-functional test types, system and UAT. Keen on process definition in all areas of test planning and test conduct. Champion of continuous improvement initiatives throughout project and testing lifecycles wherever possible.



No original wit or wisdom here so find another site unless interested in family history (McKay or ,Coull for me, Lynch or Gordon for Karen).

Bill's Family History (McKay and Coull)

Work in Progress


NB: the link below takes you to my original website pages. I am working them up to the format you see in this website, albeit very slowly.


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Karen's Family History

(Lynch and Gordon)

Work in Progress


Only Lynch detail available so far.


sententia probabilis


To err is human, to persevere in erring however is of the devil.


In Christianity, the Apostle's Creed wraps up a number of things nicely for me. Click 'More' below to get my drift.

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Work In Progress


Unlikely ever to be completed

Recent Art Work

Errare humanum est


sed in errare perseverare diabolicum