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Harold Lewis

Harold Lewis IAS adviser

Tendering Adviser

Harold Lewis is an independent consultant with more than 30 years of specialist experience in proposal development and tendering procedures. He works with consultancy firms and client organisations in both the private and public sectors. His successful tendering background spans sectors from education, management and leadership to environmental science, urban planning, housing, transport, defence contracting and virtually every field of civil engineering - both in the UK and overseas.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, he worked at the Royal Town Planning Institute headquarters before launching a proposal-writing career assisting consultancy firms and professional practices. In his professional career he has written over 300 winning bids, tenders and proposals, addressed to clients ranging from businesses and local authorities in the UK to government departments and international funding institutions. In recent years, he has increasingly worked with client authorities, advising them on the preparation of tender documents and evaluation of tenders.

He has also participated as a member of technical teams undertaking overseas projects funded by international, regional and bilateral development agencies, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP and DfID. His overseas market experience includes countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. From 1997-99 he was Senior Consultant, Terms of Reference Expert and Proposal Evaluator in the EC-funded Phare Multi-Country Transport Programme, which involved more than 1200 transport professionals from 13 Central and Eastern European countries in a programme of over 30 courses, seminars and workshops.

Harold Lewis is currently Director of Technical Services at Lewis Peterson Ltd (, which offers specialist expertise in bidding and procurement. He is the author of two books - Bids, Tenders and Proposals: Winning business through best practice (2002, fifth edition 2015); and Choosing and Using Consultants and Advisers: a best practice guide to making the right decisions and getting good value (2004, paperback edition 2006).

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