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 is non-executive chair of Capital Ambition, a £38 million investment fund supporting improvement and innovation projects in London’s local authorities, and Managing Director of his own consultancy business, Edward Lord Limited.
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. and as non-executive Chair of Megalith Realty Limited, a private equity backed property developer recently launched to build homes in London and beyond.
Edward also formerly served on the boards of London Strategic Housing Limited, Parkwood Holdings plc, Social Investment Business Limited, 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 has been an elected member of the City of London Corporation since 2001, and is deputy chair of the Establishment Committee and 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.
Edward is a governor of the City of London School, having previously served on the governing bodies of five other schools in the maintained and independent sectors, and is also a trustee of City Bridge Trust and Trust for London, as well as serving on the board of the Barbican, Europe’s largest arts centre.
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.
In July 2013, Edward stood down from a number of senior posts with the Local Government Association, including being a member of its governing Executive Board, the Local Government Improvement & Innovation Board, and serving as the national lead on equality and social inclusion for nine years. Edward also led a range of task groups including ones on municipal bonds, treasury management, and the restructuring of the LGA Group itself.
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 was recently elected deputy chair of the Central London Bench, taking up office on 1 April 2018.
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, and Refugee Council. Edward was profiled by Stonewall in 2012 as one of seventeen LGBT role models, and was appointed by equality minister Jo Swinson to the review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in November 2012. Edward is currently a board member of Bi UK and acting chair of the Pride in London Community Advisory Board.
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 partner, Dr Meg-John Barker, senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a renowned writer, activist, and psychotherapist (see their website), and their cat, Barney.
Edward’s preferred pronouns are the singular ‘they/them/their’, but also uses he/him/his.