Dr. David Harding


An industry professional applying practice-based experiences to teaching, training and research, Dr David J. Harding has 25 years industry experience progressing from Chartered Manufacturing Engineering, IT Consultancy, Programme Management and Executive Advisor seeking. In line with industry needs, he has a proven track record of consolidating experiences to provide practice-based teaching, research & executive development.


  • Executive Mentoring – particular focus on IT and Digital Leaders
  • Programme Director – leading million pound global transformation programmes
  • Programme Assurance – advising, providing best practice guidance and advice to Programme Managers
  • Supply Chain Optimisation – design and implementation of multi-enterprise operating models and operational model improvements



  • Interim Programme Director and Manager Provision of independent advisory and delivery transformation services to public and private sector clients: The Home Office, RS Components, MHRA, Coveris, Co-operative Bank: 2013-present
  • Professor of Management Practice, University of Bedfordshire: Development and delivery of the employability strategy and agenda for the business school: 2013-present
  • Associate Director. Ernst & Young LLP: Sale & provision of advisory and delivery transformation services to public and private sector clients: Lloyds Banking Group, United Utilities, DEFRA, Kellogg’s, Ernst & Young Global Shared Services: 2010-2013
  • Interim Programme Director and Manager: Provision of independent advisory and delivery transformation services to public/ private sector clients: Olympic Delivery Authority, EnterpriseMouchel, DHL Global Mail, National Grid: 2007-2010
  • Head of Management Information, Transport for London: With the CIO, impacted digital strategy through development/ delivery of Management Information (MI) Strategy and Management Information portfolio: 2005-2007
  • Managing Consultant, Capgemini Ernst & Young: Responsible for developing, co-ordinating & providing professional services to public/ private clients: DfES, HMRC, Home Office, NetworkRail, GlaxoSmithKline: 2000-2005



  • PhD Executive Development. Cranfield University, UK: A New Chief Information Officer Effectiveness Model for Digital Enterprises. Challenging current thinking on how expectations for CIO effectiveness are impacted by increasingly dynamic environments, this project analyses data collected from job adverts and practitioners to validate a new means for assessing and developing CIOs in digitally maturing environments: 2015-2023
  • MSc Engineering by Research. University of Warwick, UK: The Challenge of Change: Developing the Lean Wing. Industry led collaboration with BAe Systems Airbus Ltd. Investigating the applicability of lean manufacturing practice to the manufacture of wings for the A340-600 aircraft: 1996-1998
  • BEng (Hons). University of Central England, UK: Engineering and Manufacturing Systems: Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, System Control Design, Mathematics, Computer Aided Engineering, Computer Programming. Project: Fracture Toughness of Non-metallic Materials: 1988-1991


Professional qualifications

  • CMI Professional Business Coach (L7): 2020
  • CMI Fellow of the Charted Management Institute (FCMI): 2018
  • BCS Charted IT Professional (CITP): 2017
  • APMG (International) Managing Successful Programmes (MSP): 2007
  • FEANIEuropean Engineer (Eur Ing): 1999
  • IET Chartered Engineer (CEng, MIET): 1998



English (Native)



Academic Conference Papers

  • Harding, D. J., & Fan, I.-S. (2021). Perspectives on the Chief Digital Information Officer Role: A Study of UK CIO Job Adverts. (BAM 2021 Conference). https://scholar.google.com
  • Harding, D. J., & Fan, I.-S. (2020). Perspectives on the UKs Chief Information Officer Role: A Comparison of Advertised UK CIO Job Role Requirements with CIO Assessment Literature. NVivo Virtual Conference 2020. NVivo Virtual Conference 2020 (Ac. 04/08/21)
  • Harding, D.J., Fan, I.-S., 2017. Environmental Modelling of the Chief Information Officer, in: UKAIS 2017: Ubiquitous Information Systems: Surviving & Thriving in a Connected Society. Paper 14. Oxford, UK, pp. 1–27. https://aisel.aisnet.org/ukais2017/78

Practitioner Conference Presentations & Papers

  • Harding, D.J. (2020). From CIO to Business Leader. CIO 2020 Summit. Available at: IDG CIO Summit 2020. (Ac. 04/08/21)
  • Harding, D. J. (1999). Business Improvement through Measurement: Measuring the Airbus Wing. IEE Seminar proceedings. UK ISSN 0963-3308. No. 1999/154
  • Harding, D. J. (1997). The Challenge of Change – Supply Chain Relationships. Managing Industrial Innovation Seminar. Published by The Teaching Company Directorate, Seminar Proceedings Vol. 7, No. 9. ISBN 1 901255 10 7

Practitioner Articles

  • Harding, D.J. (2021). Becoming data-driven: Lessons from the Metropolitan Police Service. Tech Monitor. Available at: Becoming Data Driven at the MPS (Ac. 12/07/21)
  • Harding, D.J. (2021). Four fundamental issues that contribute to CIO turnover. Tech Monitor. Available at: Fundamental Issues of CIO Turnover (Ac. 01/06/21)
  • Harding, D.J. (2021). Who is leading digital transformation? Not CIOs, job ads suggest. Tech Monitor. Available at: Who is Leading Digital Transformation? (Ac. 03/05/21)
  • Harding, D.J. (2021). A data-driven approach to digital maturity. Tech Monitor. Available at: Data Driven Approach to Digital Transformation (Ac. 05/04/21)
  • Harding, D.J. (2021). Why digital transformation challenges long-held beliefs about strategy. Tech Monitor. Available at: Why Digital Transformation Challenges long held beliefs (Ac. 02/03/21)
  • Harding, D.J. (2021). What does digital transformation actually mean? Tech Monitor. Available at: What does Digital Transformation mean?(Ac. 01/02/21)
  • Harding, D. J., Burrows, N. (2004). KPI and Contractor Reporting for the Railway Industry. Logistics and Transport: Focus. Volume 6 Number 4. ISSN 1466-836X. https://www.researchgate.net
  • Harding, D. J. (1999). The Pressure of Change. Manufacturing Engineering. Institution of Electrical Engineers. Vol. 78, No.5. ISSN 0956-9944
  • Harding, D. J. (1999). The Challenge of Change – The Measurement of People, Process and Product. Manufacturing Engineering. Institution of Electrical Engineers. Vol. 78, No.4. ISSN 0956-9944



External committee work


  • Member of the Consultants Special Interest Group – BAM