William Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition, a not-for-profit membership organization which provides advocacy, knowledge exchange, workforce development, assurance and partnership around issues of digital preservation. The DPC has around 40 organisational members across the UK and Ireland and is active in a number of international research initiatives and partnerships. William started his career as an archaeologist in the early 1990s when the discipline’s enthusiasm to use technology was not matched with the skills to look after the resulting data. This gave him an early and practical introduction to the challenges of data management and preservation. He was previously a lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University where he retains an honorary position, Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York and Research Manager with Glasgow Museums.