BIO - W. W. Woods

W. William Woods LL.B ICD.D

William Woods currently serves as a professional independent director on the boards of corporations, hedge funds, private equity funds, and traditional long-only funds and as an Independent Review Committee (IRC) member for several Canadian investment fund groups. He is well versed in the governance and regulatory issues facing investment managers and investment funds, with more than 26 years of experience in the offshore funds sector between the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. He is an expert on setting up and running IRCs, as he co-founded and was the President and CEO of Independent Review Inc. in Canada for 15 years. He is a Professional Director registered pursuant to the Cayman Islands Directors Registration and Licensing Act, 2014.


William also has a wealth of international securities market experience and specific corporate governance expertise. He has advised governments and supra-national aid agencies, like the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, on securities laws, capital market development and financial services.

Prior to joining Paradigm, William had 20 years’ experience in the business development and strategic planning for stock exchanges, including over six years as the CEO of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. He has helped design capital markets and the marketing and business development for exchanges in Hong Kong, China, India and Canada. He has been the President and CEO of WWWoods & Co. for more than 18 years, a company that provides specialist consulting expertise in the financial services, capital markets and B2B e-commerce space. For three years he was a solicitor at Linklaters in Hong Kong.

William was educated in the UK and obtained an LL.B from the University of Manchester. He is admitted to practice in Bermuda, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. He obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors diploma (ICD.D) in June 2017.

The services of Mr. Woods as a director are provided by Paradigm Governance Partners Limited. Paradigm is licensed by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority under the Cayman Islands Companies Management Law (as amended) to provide directors to Cayman Islands registered mutual funds.

William prides himself on being an investment fund governance expert, with considerable experience in acting as a director providing a high-level supervisory role on the Board of a fund, and particular expertise as an independent review committee member.

Qualifications: LL.B.

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D (June 2017)