Patricia Williams has been Associate Director of the Cambridge University Press, commissioning editor in the humanities and the social sciences for the Harvard University Press and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Princeton University Press. She was also the first Publisher at the National Gallery (London).
Williams is a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust, a charity supporting entrepreneurial work in the fields of social justice, environmental sustainability and the arts, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Waddesdon Manor. She was formerly a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Williams' late husband was the English Philosopher Bernard Williams.