Edward Lord is an elected politician, non-executive director, consultant, and interim leader, with specialist expertise in stakeholder engagement, governance, philanthropy and diversity.
Edward has experience in the public, private, and third sectors including central and local government, the NHS, higher education, sports administration, infrastructure projects, social investment, philanthropy, and public-private partnerships.
Edward was educated at Bury Grammar School in Lancashire, the Government Department of the University of Essex, graduating in 1994 in Public Policy and Public Management, and BPP Law School.
Edward has been an elected member of the City of London Corporation since 2001, and is chair of the Establishment Committee, leading on workforce and inclusion policy, and deputy chair of the Capital Buildings Committee, and a member of the senior Policy & Resources Committee. Edward chaired the City’s Licensing Committee from 2010 to 2013, and its ethical Standards Committee from 2013 to 2016. Edward was deputy chair of the 2012 Sub-Committee, leading on engagement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Their other current appointments include being non-executive chair of Social Care Housing Limited, an independent director of the British Basketball League, a governor of the University of Northampton and City of London School, a trustee of Trust for London, and a member of the University of Essex’s Court and its Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, Edward sits at magistrates’ courts in the City of London, City of Westminster and Hammersmith; and in the appellate jurisdiction at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) and Southwark Crown Court. They have been an approved presiding justice (court chairman) since 2008 and frequently now sits alone to consider applications and procedural matters. Edward is currently an elected deputy chair of the Central London Bench.
Edward has previously served as chair and then as a non-executive director of Local Partnerships LLP, the commercial and efficiency taskforce jointly owned by HM Treasury and the Local Government Association which advises on the delivery of infrastructure and growth projects; as chair of Capital Ambition, a £38 million investment fund supporting improvement and innovation projects in London’s local authorities; and as non-executive chair of Megalith Realty Limited, a private equity backed property developer and manager.
Edward also formerly served on the boards of the Barbican Centre, London Strategic Housing Limited, Parkwood Holdings plc, Social Investment Business Limited, Local Government Association, and the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, where they served as deputy chair. Edward was previously development director at Liverpool John Moores University and the City University, London.
Edward was chair of the Group Board of the Amateur Swimming Association (now Swim England), England’s national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, from 2013 to 2015 and has a number of roles within the Football Association, including as chairman of the London FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group and as a chairman of anti-discrimination disciplinary commissions. They served as a member of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board from its inception until September 2014.
A strong advocate for fairness and diversity, Edward has served as the Local Government Association’s national lead on equality, 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, and Refugee Council. Edward was profiled by Stonewall in 2012 as one of seventeen LGBT role models, and was appointed by the then equality minister Jo Swinson CBE MP to the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in November 2012.
Edward was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours List, recognising their public service, particularly for promoting for equality and social inclusion.
Edward lives in the City of London with their cat, Barney.
Edward’s preferred pronouns are the singular ‘they/them/their’, but also uses he/him/his.