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Biography

House of Commons

  • Elected May 1997 for the constituency of Sittingbourne & Sheppey
  • Majority 1,929 (swing of 16.6% to Labour)
  • Re-elected June 2001
  • Majority 3,509 (swing of 5.5% to Labour)
  • Re-elected May 2005
  • Majority 79

1997-2001

  • Member: Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee
  • Founder & Chairman: Associate Parliamentary Internet Group (www.apig.org.uk)
  • Chairman: All Party Rugby Union Group
  • Chairman: All Party British Council Group
  • Member: Standing Committee on English Regional Affairs
  • Presented two Ten minute Rule bills: on Equal Rights for Women in Sports Clubs and on a change to the Lottery whereby 10% of local sales would be allocated to a local Community Fund
  • Other interests: Foreign Affairs especially Europe, USA, China, Middle East and Africa
  • Parliamentary Industry Trust - spent 2 years with Motorola and visited Phoenix and Chicago to look at satellite technology
  • Parliamentary National Council for Voluntary Organisations - spent 18 months with Raleigh International
  • Visited USA for the Presidential Primaries in 2000 and met Gore's team and subsequently McCain's team members
  • Designed the Labour Party's web site for MPs
  • Won $10k Commonwealth Parliamentary Association scholarship to visit Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to look at IT and wireless provision
  • Invitations to speak: USA (Comdex/NGfL); Spain (IT), France (France Telecom)
  • Founder: Oxford Internet Institute (www.oii.ox.ac.uk)
  • Outside interests in sport including Oxford University RFC, Penguins International RFC, Charlton Athletic and Sporting Chance.
  • Outside appointments include member of The Chancellor of Exeter University's Advisory Board (Lord Alexander)
  • Chairman of Spafax; Chairman of Einstein TV
  • Trustee: Major Stanley's (OURFC)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts 

2001-2005

  • Chairman: Internet - led debate on Spam including visit to Washington DC
  • Chairman: Rugby Union - initiated Annual Awards
  • Chairman: British Council - Parliamentary Introduced Ambassador programme for MPs and Peers
  • Chairman: Zimbabwe Group - campaigned against English cricket fixtures
  • Chairman: London 2012 Olympics - organised Future of Olympics Summit
  • Co-Chairman: Riak & Adventure Group
  • Vice Chairman: Media Group
  • Vice Chairman: Mobile Telephony Group 
  • Member: Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee
  • Member: Standing Committee on English Regional Affairs
  • Member: Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
  • Presented Ten Minute Rule bill on Planning Regulation and Infrastructure
  • Presented Ten Minute Rule bill on Computer Missue Act 1990 (Amendment)
  • Voted against war in Iraq
  • Other interests - Occupational Pensions Crisis (led with Frank Field MP); return of stolen religious artifacts to Ethiopia (visited Addis Ababa)
  • Founded: Hennessy Seminar Series -a cross party group interested in Constitutional Reform
  • Only MP to be nominated by BT Vital Vision for their management course which took me to Berkeley and Stanford Universities in 2002
  • Trustee: Time Bank (www.timebank.org.uk) & eParliament (www.eParl.net
  • Outside sporting interests - as 1997-2001
  • Outside appointments - Exeter University (see earlier) & Oxford Internet Institute Advisory Board
  • Sixth book published: The Rugby Revolution (with Colin Herridge) 2003; EU (Greek Presidency) IT pamphlet, article on Internet
  • Invitations to speak: Sweden (IT) 2002 & Geneva - UNO Information Society Conference on Spam 2004
  • Elected to Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
  • Freeman of City of London
  • Season ticket holder and very small investor in Charlton Athletic FC
  • Voted October 2004 as one of the UK's top 100 Internet visionaries 1994-2004

2005-2010

 

  • Trustee: Citizens Online (www.citizensonline.org.uk) & StartHere (www.starthere.org) - stood down in 2007
  • TimeBank - became a Patron 2008
  • Chairman of six all party groups - Internet (www.apig.org.uk), British Council, London Olympics 2012, Commercial Radio (stepped down October 2007), Rugby Union and Risk & Adventure
  • Vice-Chairman of both Media & Telephony groups
  • Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Arts (Vice Chairman)
  • International Advisory Board member of Whistling Woods International, Mumbai an institute for Film, Television & Media Arts (www.whistlingwoods.net); unremunerated
  • Appointed to the Parliamentary Panel of the Consumer Council
  • Advisory Board, Editorial Intelligence; investor and Board Member
  • Donated £100 to Demelza House children's hospice; fees accrued from interviews and polls (donated £1000 to date)
  • Visited Taiwan in January 2006 to look at IT
  • Speaker at Internet Caucus, Washington, DC in February 2006; advised US Home Security Dept. to withdraw ICANN's proposals for .XXX
  • Visited Slovenia in February 2006
  • Hon. Vice President Sheppey RFC and Rodmersham Cricket Club
  • Won ISPA Award for work on Computer Misuse Act 2006
  • Attended the 6th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Trade in Qatar, April 2006 and spoke on eGovernment
  • Adopted Swale Mediation Centre as my charity for 2006-07; donated £2250 to date from fees and interviews 
  • Wrote one chapter in Where Truth Lies Edited by Julia Hobsbawm and published by Atlantic Books in May 2006
  • Completed FT sponsored course on the City of London, July 2006
  • Winner New Statesman New Media Awards for Elected Representative web site
  • Nominated by Politics Online and the World E-Govt Forum as one of the top ten thinkers and doers in the internet space for 2006 and again in 2007
  • Observer at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University at the Induction Course for the newly elected Members of Congress from the mid-term elections (Dec.06)
  • Essay published entitled "The Need for a centre for Intellectual Property" in an RSA pamphlet: "Promoting innovation and rewarding creativity" (Jan.07)
  • Appointed to Public Accounts Committee (Select Committee) March 2007
  • Visited Bangalore and Hyderabad; led a delegation of 12 academics May-June 2007
  • PPS to Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP and Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Sport July 2007
  • Visited Hong Kong with Westminster Foundation for Democracy July 2007 
  • Spent a week at RIM (Blackberry), Microsoft (Redmond and Mountain View), Google and Apple September 2007
  • Visited Family Online Security Institute, Washington, DC November 2007; spoke at inaugural conference December 2007
  • Winner: British Computer Society Inaugural MPs Web Site award for the category of "Engagement" November 2007
  • Visited web teams of McCain, Clinton and Obama April 2008
  • Guest of Samsung in Seoul April 2008
  • Attended Doha Forum April 2008
  • Winner CPA Fellowship to look at creative Industries to India visited Mumbai and Chennai September, 2008
  • CPA visit to South Africa October, 2008
  • Winner BCS Best web site award November, 2008
  • Chaired UKIERI AI Conference Hyderabad December, 2008
  • Announced decision to stand down at next election July, 2009
  • Visited Tibet & Beijing September, 2009 
  • Web site to be archived by British Library October, 2009
  • First politician to commission an App for the iPhone October, 2009

Before 1997

  • 1995-97 Founder & Director of The Computer Channel, BSkyB
  • 1994-95 Head of Programmes, WireTV cable only sports channel
  • 1998-94 Worked in independent television production sector with TSL (board director), Independent Image and Fair Play Productions. Produced Running: Late (C4), Botham (Tyne Tees); Executive Producer: Rembrandt (C4) & World Cup Subbuteo (C4); wrote proposals for RWC91 (TSL rights holder) and Fire in the Blood (BBC2)
  • 1984-90 Publisher with Virgin, Reed-Octopus, William Heinemann (Board Director) & Allen & Unwin. Ran a £5 million department at Reed; responsible for a slate of best sellers including Roger Bolton's Death on The Rock, Frances Edmonds' Another Bloody Tour & Cricket XXXX Cricket and Alex, the cartoonist now in the Daily Telegraph.
  • 1982-84 Freelance journalist with The Times & The Observer
  • 1981-82 Research student at St Catherine's College, Oxford
  • 1972-81 History teacher including Head of General studies and Head of History

Founder

  • 1984 Women Sports Foundation - still going strong
  • Campaign for Fair Play 1984 - to stop the British Lions tour to South Africa in 1985 which was successful

Awards

  • 1987 UNO Special Commendation for work on Sport & Apartheid

Publications

  • Seven books to date, six on rugby and one on film; latest book The Rugby Revolution (2003) with Colin Herridge; numerous articles mainly on IT

Higher Education

  • St Luke's College, Exeter, Open University, Oxford University,  Berkeley and Harvard 

Sport

  • Played rugby for Oxford University, Barbarians & England; ranked No.1 Youth and Junior in UK for Long Jump              

Personal

  • Date of Birth: 4th December 1949; Woolwich, London. Both parents and elder brother deceased; two children - Daisy (18) & Jack (16)



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