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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Bill Napier


Bill Napier – Non-Executive Director – Appointed

Bill had a long career in private legal practice as a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and US-based global firm Jones Day. In January 2018 he accepted a position as Chief Counsel Commercial at the Australian Government Solicitor, the Commonwealth’s central legal adviser and part of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. As the professional leader of AGS’s commercial practice, Bill led legal and legal policy support to the Commonwealth on many of its most important commercial transactions, initiatives and investments. In October 2022 Bill retired from his position and he now works part-time at the Australian Government Solicitor as Special Counsel. He was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Harvard University.

Bill has enormous personal enthusiasm for music and choirs. All three of his children sang in the Sydney Children’s Choir under Lyn Williams for many years, and the eldest completed a Masters of Music at the University of Michigan following a performance degree at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. His youngest is an accomplished acapella singer and tenor chorister. Bill also has had a commitment to community volunteering, pro bono legal work and the not for profit sector for many years.

Term expires February 2025