Lord Erroll (Merlin) plays an active role in thought leadership in the ICT arena, especially around Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. He worked for many years in software development, as well as spending 22 years in the Territorial Army. In Parliament he takes a particular interest in ICT, Countryside & the Environment, the Constitution and Scottish matters.
He is active in several Parliamentary groups, especially those looking at regulatory issues affecting use of the Internet, linking this with a Local Authority perspective through LASSeO (The Local Authority Smartmedia Standards e-Organisation). He is a member of PICTFOR (Parliamentary ICT Forum), is Chair of the Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM) and the All-Party Group on Entrepreneurship.
He sits on several Advisory Boards and was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2010.