Speaker Biography (Lord Erroll)
Lord Erroll (Merlin) has worked in IT most of his life as well as spending 22 years in the Territorial Army. He is also one of the Hereditary Peers who was elected to stay in the House of Lords, where he takes a particular interest in ICT, Countryside & the Environment, the Constitution and Scottish matters.
Within Parliament, he plays an active role in several ICT groups, especially those looking at regulatory issues involving Communications, the Internet, Personal Identity and Government Data Sharing, linking this with a Local Authority perspective through his work on the board of LASSeO (The Local Authority Smartmedia Standards e-Organisation). He sits on the council of PITCOM (Parliamentary Information Technology Committee), is on the board of EURIM (European Information Group), is Secretary of apComms (All-Party Communications Group), Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Group on Entrepreneurship, and Treasurer of the All-Party Group on Risk and Adventure in Society. In 2007 he sat on the Science & Technology Select Committee's sub-committee on Personal Internet Safety.
He is President of E-RA (the E-business Regulatory Alliance) and also sits on other bodies such as the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Nominet (UK) Ltd. Policy Advisory Boards.