Edward Lord is an elected politician, non-executive director, consultant, and interim leader, with specialist expertise in change management, corporate governance and stakeholder relations, including fundraising. He has experience in sports administration, central and local government, the NHS, higher education, infrastructure projects, social investment, philanthropy, and public-private partnerships. He was educated at Bury Grammar School in Lancashire and the Government Department of the University of Essex, graduating in 1994 in Public Policy and Public Management.
Edward is chairman of Capital Ambition, a £38 million investment fund supporting improvement and innovation projects in London’s local authorities, and Megalith Realty Limited, a private equity backed property developer recently launched to build homes in London and beyond. 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 which advises on the delivery of infrastructure and growth projects. He is also a non-executive director of Social Investment Business Limited and member of the London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee, and was formerly on the boards of London Strategic Housing Limited, Parkwood Holdings plc and Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, where he was deputy chairman. He was previously development director at Liverpool John Moores University and the City University, London, since which he has had his own consultancy and interim leadership practice.
He has been an elected member of the City of London Corporation since 2001, where he recently stood down at the end of a three year term as chairman of the Standards Committee, is deputy chairman of the Establishment Committee, and is a member of the senior Policy & Resources Committee. He was chairman of the City’s Licensing Committee from 2010 to 2013 and deputy chairman of the 2012 Sub-Committee, leading on engagement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He 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 the National Campaign for the Arts.
He was chairman of the Group Board of the Amateur Swimming Association, 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. He served as a member of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board from its inception until September 2014.
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 Board, the Local Government Improvement & Innovation Board, and serving as the national lead on equality and social inclusion for nine years. He 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. He has been an approved presiding justice (court chairman) since 2008 and frequently now sits alone to consider applications and procedural matters.
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. He 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. He is currently deputy chair of Bi UK; and deputy chair of the Pride in London Community Advisory Board.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours List, recognising his public service, particularly for promoting for equality and social inclusion.
Edward lives in the City of London with his partner, Dr Meg John Barker, senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a renowned author, activist, and psychotherapist (see http://rewriting-the-rules.com/).