William Booth qualified in Manchester and Oxford. Following a commission in the Royal Air Force he worked at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children from 1990 until he recently retired as the Matron for children's intensive care and cardiac services. During his NHS career he contributed to national standards for the care for critically ill children and bereavement. He was Chair of the Royal College of Nursing, Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse Mangers Community for many years. William has worked alongside The Grand Appeal since 1995 and has continued as an Ambassador for the charity in his retirement as well volunteering for a children's heart charity caring for infants and children who have undergone heart surgery overseas.