Colonel: South African Air Force
Bill de Pinho was born in 1959 in a small town known as Umtali, in the country known then as Southern Rhodesia.
Bill began his school career in Salisbury, Durban and completed it by matriculating from
St Martin’s, as head of school. During his high school years he excelled at sport, especially athletics, and this is where his passion for nature and the environment was kindled. His university studies saw him out in the mountains (Barrier of Spears mainly) and this cemented his fervour for both mountains and water.
Bill joined the SA Air Force and specialised in photo reconnaissance and interpretation, as well as the collection of other information fields. He has served with a number of squadrons and units over the years – 2 Squadron and JARIC provided him with a foundation and he has served them in different capacities over the last 30 years. Bill is currently serving at Air Force Headquarters (Pretoria) as the Risk Manager and also manages the Secretariat.