My name is Nicholas Whyte, and I was born in Belfast in 1967. I was active in the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland particularly between 1993 and 1996 as their Director of Elections/Party Organiser, and stood for election in North Belfast. Since January 2007 I have been the Brussels representative of Independent Diplomat, an NGO devoted to giving diplomatic assistance to marginalised actors in international politics. I had already lived in Belgium for eight years, working as the Europe Program Director at the International Crisis Group, from 2002 and previously as a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies from February 1999 (and their Communications Manager from December 2001). I am also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at the Queen's University of Belfast.
In 1996 I designed a web-site about that year's Forum elections in Northern Ireland, which lived at http://www.niweb.com/nielection/ . However, it existed simply at the goodwill of the service provider, which eventually expired. In the run-up to the June 1998 Assembly elections I set up a new site at http://www.nicholaswhyte.info/ which was the original version of this site. In March 2002 I transferred the entire election content of the site to ARK which is supported by the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen's, at the suggestion of Professor Elizabeth Meehan, the Institute's Director, and of Lord Alderdice, the then Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.