Bill Thompson

Editor in Chief and CTO BBC, Art School Plus Advisor

Bill Thompson is a well-known technology journalist and advisor to arts and cultural organisations on matters related to digital technologies. He is a Principal Research Engineer in BBC Research & Development where he leads the Future Value Research team and is jointly responsible for the New Forms of Value research programme.

He has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984, and was Internet Ambassador for PIPEX, the UK’s first commercial ISP, and Head of New Media at Guardian Newspapers where he built the paper’s first website.

Bill appears regularly on Digital Planet on BBC World Service radio and writes for a range of publications. He has been a member of the boards of Cambridge Film Trust, Writers’ Centre Norwich and Britten Sinfonia, and a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. He is an adjunct professor at Southampton University. Bill manages the website Working for an MP (