Andrew Hardie

Andrew Hardie is an international consultant with a thirty year record of managing, implementing, designing and delivering innovative and successful ICT solutions for public sector, commercial and NGO clients. In those thirty years, Andrew helped design & introduce the first laptop word processor (Liberator) in the UK, designed systems for the first UK Government email project (IDEM), computerised Hansard and Parliamentary Questions, set up the first Web site in the UK Parliament in 1993, implemented the IT systems for a successful general election campaign and implemented Web-enabled collaborative workflow systems for the new Assembly in Belfast and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

After a fifteen year career in the industrial and military electronics and ICT industries, culminating as managing director of a software and consulting company, Andrew has since been consulting for twenty years, working for seven parliaments, eight UK Government departments, two Local Authorities, a major political party, the Royal Household and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In these environments, Andrew filled a variety of de facto roles including Head of IT, Program Manager, Project Manager, Change Manager, Business Analyst, Auditor and Systems Architect as well as providing traditional strategic and technical consulting services.

Andrew recently finished implementing a system of distributed real-time digital audio data replicators and high availability hot-swap servers for the Parliament in Dublin, an international portal for humanitarian aid supplies and services, a European medical community of practice portal, had an interim role as Program Manager for Reader's Digest UK, a contract as Web Services Manager for the International Debate Education Association in London, and a CTO role at innovative geo-spatioal startup GeoSearchLabs.

Andrew has been active at the interface between industry and Parliament for over twenty five years, via government relations organisations such as PITCOM (the Parliamentary IT Committee), the Information Society Alliance (EURIM), the All Party Communications group (apComms) and the Industry & Parliament Trust (IPT). He has given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, written briefing papers for Parliamentarians and at the international relations level has represented the Council of Europe, the Czech Republic and the Swiss Parliament in European conferences, and participated in international inter-governmental forums, such as the Global Forum in Naples. He has lived or worked in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Romania and Sweden.

Andrew is a Eur. Ing, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional, a Chartered Fellow of the BCS, a member of the BCS Elite Group, the Information Risk Management & Assurance group, the Information Security Specialist Group, the Project Management Specialist Group. He is also a Director & Governor of The Democratic Society (an NGO promoting democratic re-engagement in the UK) and provides mentoring support to entrepreneurs via the 3Cs Community.