Viscount Chelmsford, a champion and pioneer of e-commerce in the UK over the past 20 years, died just before Christmas.
A former director of Willis Corroon, he helped create the online City insurance network Limnet and spoke regularly and forcefully on IT, especially e-commerce issues, in the House of Lords.
He was a major force in building an effective integrated infrastructure for e-business in the UK. Last year he effectively merged the UK EDI and e-commerce communities to create the e-Centre of which he was president. He was also president of the Institute for the Management of Infor-mation Systems; Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Focus; and the Indepen-dent Financial Advisor's Association.
He was vice-chairman of SITPRO (the government agency for creating simpler trade procedures); a director of lobby group Eurim; and a council member of the Parliamentary Information technology Committee (Pitcom).
He guided and cajoled with wisdom and wit the working parties he chaired, and was respected by all he met.