Edward Lord is a sports administrator, politician, non-executive director, and equality campaigner.
He is chairman of the Group Board of the Amateur Swimming Association, England’s national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming. He was a member of the Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board from December 2013 to September 2014 and chairs the London FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group and is on the chairmen’s panel for specialist anti-discrimination disciplinary commissions for other county FAs.
Edward is chair of Capital Ambition, a £38 million investment fund supporting improvement and innovation projects in London’s local authorities. He is a non-executive director and former chairman of Local Partnerships LLP, the commercial and efficiency taskforce jointly owned by HM Treasury and the Local Government Association. He is also a non-executive director of Social Investment Business Ltd and the Adventure Capital Fund, and was formerly on the boards of Parkwood Holdings plc and Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, where he was deputy chairman.
Edward has been an elected member of the City of London Corporation since 2001 where he currently chairs the Standards Committee and is lead member on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy having been deputy chairman of the City’s 2012 Committee. He was previously chairman of the City’s Licensing Committee.
In July 2013, he stood down from a number of senior posts with the Local Government Association, including being a member of its governing Executive and serving as the national lead on equality for nine years.
Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, Edward sits at magistrates’ courts in the City of London, City of Westminster and Hammersmith; and hearing appeals at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) and Southwark Crown Court.
A strong advocate for fairness and diversity, Edward has served on the national executive of the National Union of Students and the boards of the Albert Kennedy Trust, Anne Frank Trust, British Youth Council, Pride Trust, Refugee Council, and Trust for London. He was profiled by Stonewall in 2012 as one of seventeen LGBT role models, and was appointed by equality minister Jo Swinson MP to the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in November 2012 . He is currently deputy chair of Bi UK.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours List, recognising his public service, particular for equality and social inclusion. Edward lives in the City of London with his partner, Dr Meg Barker, senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University.