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Edward Lord appointed a Trustee of LGBT Foundation

26 October 2019

Edward Lord has joined the Board of Trustees of LGBT Foundation, a major national charity based in Manchester, delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Commenting on their appointment, Edward said:

“I have known LGBT Foundation and its work for many years and I am proud to be joining them as they develop their excellent services nationally and look forward to working with chief executive Paul Martin OBE and his colleagues and my fellow trustees.”

Edward Lord joins the Board of the Bishopsgate Institute

15 July 2019

Edward has joined the Board of the Bishopsgate Foundation, the charity behind the Bishopsgate Institute, a hub for creativity and learning at the heart of the City.

Since 1895 Bishopsgate has been a home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry; a place where culture, heritage and learning meet, and where independent thought is cherished.

The Institute delivers this through a diverse range of activities, all housed in its beautiful historic building:

  • an exciting programme of Cultural Events which range from music concerts and debates to talks and walks.
  • Bishopsgate Library with its important collections on the history of London and the labour, co-operative, freethought and humanist movement.
  • its Courses for Adults programme offering over 125 different courses three times a year.
  • 230 Bishospgate venue hire for between 2 to 600 people.

The Library contains one of the most comprehensive archives of LGBTQ+ communities in the United Kingdom.

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Edward Lord appointed a Director of Middlesex County Cricket Club

24 June 2019

Following a recent governance review, which Edward supported by drafting the Club’s new Rules, Middlesex County Cricket Club conducted an open competition for three new non-executive directors to join its Board, adding to the skills and experience of  the existing directors.

The new directors appointed alongside Edward Lord OBE were planning silk Sasha White QC, and former PwC Partner Richard Sykes.

Edward appointed as BBL Director

13 September 2018

Following a vote of Club owners, Edward Lord has been appointed as an Independent Director of the BBL, Britain’s professional basketball league. Their appointment follows a re-organisation of the League’s governance structure which has also seen ECB National Performance Manager Simon Brown join the Board as an Independent Director alongside Chairman Sir Rodney Walker and Club representatives David Low and Kevin Routledge.

Commenting on their appointment, Edward said:

These are exciting and challenging times for basketball which has the potential for huge growth at the grassroots, professional, and international levels if it can secure the right investment and media interest. Basketball has also demonstrated the ability to reach a much more diverse audience than many other sports, both players and fans, and I am thrilled to be able to make a contribution to its development in the UK.”


Edward elected to chair the City of London’s Establishment Committee

25 April 2018

Deputy Edward Lord OBE was elected today as Chair of the City of London Corporation’s senior Establishment Committee which leads on workforce, organisational structure, and diversity and inclusion policy. It also oversees the budget and operations of the Town Clerk & Chief Executive’s Department, the Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department, and the Corporate Human Resources Department.

Speaking after their election, Edward, who has served as Deputy Chair for three years, set out priorities for the Committee in the coming years:

  • Develop a reward strategy which means we can attract, retain, and incentivise staff at all levels of the organisation;
  • Put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our policies, ensuring that our staff and our services reflect the communities we represent and serve;
  • Tackle the gender pay gap in the Corporation;
  • Ensure there is proper succession planning and recruitment to a number of key senior roles;
  • Ensure the effective oversight of future change programmes; and
  • Emphasise that this is a Member Led organisation and acknowledging our ultimate responsibility as the employers of our staff.

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Edward elected as Deputy Chair of Central London Magistrates’ Bench 2018-19

5 January 2018

Edward Lord OBE JP has been elected as one of the three Deputy Chairs of the Central London Local Justice Area, which covers the City of London, City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Edward will serve alongside newly elected Bench Chair, Gay Cheyne JP, and fellow Deputy Chairs Jane Smith JP and Fenella Tayler JP. They all take up office on 1 April 2018 and serve for one year.

Commenting on their election, Edward – a magistrate since 2002 – said:

“Being involved in the administration of justice is one of the most important aspects of my public service and I am pleased to be able to deepen that engagement by serving as one of the Bench Officers for 2018-19.”


Edward joins the board of the Barbican Centre

Thursday 4 May 2017

Edward has today been appointed to the Board of the Barbican, Europe’s largest arts centre, representing the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation, the Centre’s owner and principal funder.

Commenting on their appointment, Edward said

“I am delighted to join the Barbican Board at this exciting time as we look forward to the possibility of the new Centre for Music and joining up still further with other parts of the City’s Cultural Hub. I am a great admirer of the Barbican’s Managing Director, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, and look forward to supporting Nick and his team, whilst offering some constructive criticism as well!”


Edward re-elected to the City of London Corporation

Thursday 23 March 2017

Standing as part of the Temple and Farringdon Together team, Edward was re-elected as Common Councilman for the Ward of Farringdon Without, with a greatly increased majority. The full results of the election were:

George Christopher Abrahams Temple and Farringdon Together 403 (E)
John David Absalom Temple and Farringdon Together 400 (E)
Caroline Kordai Addy Temple and Farringdon Together 440 (E)
Nicholas Bennett  Farringdon Focus 149
Colin Buchanan Davidson Farringdon Focus 208
Alexander John Cameron Deane Farringdon Focus 167
Stuart James Gardner Independent 42
Francis John Patrick Hoar Farringdon Focus 164
Gregory Lawrence Temple and Farringdon Together 408 (E)
Andrew Philip Lomas Farringdon Focus 163
Charles Edward Lord Temple and Farringdon Together 404 (E)
Julian Henry Malins Farringdon Focus 209
Paul Nicholas Martinelli Temple and Farringdon Together 410 (E)
Wendy Mead Temple and Farringdon Together 425 (E)
Sophia Ellen Morrell Farringdon Focus 190
David James Nicholls Farringdon Focus 168
Adam Fox McCloud Richardson Farringdon Focus 147
Lewis Alistair Rodger Independent 50
Ruby Sayed Temple and Farringdon Together 427 (E)
Oliver Matthew Sells Temple and Farringdon Together 424 (E)
James William David Upton Temple and Farringdon Together 390 (E)
Mark Watson-Gandy  Farringdon Focus 144

Edward joins Megalith Realty as Non-Executive Chairman

11 January 2016

Edward today joined new property developer Megalith Realty as its non-executive Chairman. Part of the C&C Alpha Group of companies, Megalith Realty is a real estate owner and developer focused on investments in London specialising in the acquisition, repositioning, development, and management of residential and mixed-use properties, adding value to the neighbourhoods in which it invests, building on the success of its US sister Megalith Capital.

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Edward re-appointed Chairman of Capital Ambition

Tuesday 2 June 2015

At the annual general meeting of the London Councils Leaders’ Committee, Edward was re-appointed as Chair of Capital Ambition, London’s improvement and efficiency partnership, managing an investment fund to support projects to help the capital’s local authorities work together to deliver better value for money for their constituents. He will also serve, ex-officio, on the Leaders’ Committee, which brings together the political heads of the thirty two Boroughs, and the City of London.

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Edward Lord stands down from ASA Role

Friday 29 May 2015

Group Board chairman steps down after leading ASA through significant period of change

After overseeing a major change management programme within the national governing body for swimming and other aquatic disciplines, Edward Lord OBE has announced his decision to stand down as Chairman of the ASA Group Board with effect from 31st May 2015.

Edward was appointed in 2013 to lead the ASA’s new Group Board, which has provided the ASA with a greater business and strategic direction, as well as a firm focus on getting more people swimming.

Lord has additionally overseen a change in senior leadership at the ASA which saw the appointment of a new Chief Executive.

Commenting on his decision, Edward Lord said:

“It has been an honour and privilege to take the ASA through this complicated period of change and to get the new Group Board up and running. Now though, with Adam Paker firmly in place as our new Chief Executive, the ASA needs a different kind of chairman, and it is right that I move on to facilitate this next step.”

Responding to the news, Chief Executive Adam Paker, said:

“We are grateful for all Edward delivered for the ASA during his chairmanship. He has worked hard to raise swimming’s profile at a national level not least through the publication of the ASA’s Manifesto for Aquatics. He has fostered excellent relationships with a number of our key stakeholders, including DCMS ministers and officials, local authorities, and leisure operators. We thank him for all he has achieved on the ASA’s behalf and wish him well for the future.”


Edward elected Deputy Chairman of the City of London’s Establishment Committee

Thursday 30 April 2015

At its first meeting of the new municipal year yesterday, Edward was elected as Deputy Chairman of one of the City Corporation’s most senior bodies – the Establishment Committee.  The Committee takes charge of all human resources issues for the Corporation’s 3,200 staff, as well as being the oversight committee for the Town Clerk & Chief Executive’s Department and the Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department, and taking the lead on equality and diversity issues.

Elected by a margin of 11 votes to 4, Edward commented “I am overwhelmed by the vote of confidence that my colleagues demonstrated in electing me. I look forward to working with them and especially our new Chairman, Stephen Haines.”

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Edward joins the Pride in London Community Advisory Board

Sunday 26 April 2015

At its meeting on Thursday 23 April, the Pride in London Community Advisory Board elected Edward to join the Board as the representative for bi communities in the capital and beyond. Commenting on his appointment, Edward said: “It will be a privilege to become involved in Pride again, having been on the Pride Trust board in the mid-1990s and subsequently part of the senior volunteer team that delivered a successful Manchester Mardi Gras in 1999.”

Since those days, Edward has remained active in the LGBT community and in wider equality campaigning and was featured in Stonewall’s 2012 publication, Role Models: sexual orientation and the workplace. He served as the Local Government Association’s national lead for equality and social inclusion for nine years and has featured prominently in the media for his campaigning for greater equality in sport.


Edward re-elected to the City of London’s Policy and Resources Committee

Thursday 23 April 2015

At its election meeting held on Thursday 23 April, the City of London’s ruling Court of Common Council re-appointed  Edward to the senior Policy and Resources Committee following a ballot. Edward came third out of nine candidates for the five available places:

Mark Boleat – 74*
Deputy Doug Barrow – 62*
Edward Lord – 59*
Henry Colthurst – 50*
George Gillon – 47*
Tom Sleigh – 46
Deputy Alistair Moss – 37
James Tumbridge – 25
Stephen Quilter – 22

with 107 out of a maximum possible 123 Members voting. Those marked with an asterisk (*) were appointed.

Edward re-joins the Board of Trust for London, after a 10 year gap

Sunday 5 April 2015

Edward has been appointed as a Trustee of Trust for London by the City of London’s Court of Common Council, re-joining the Board of the charity previously known as the City Parochial Foundation, after a gap of ten years having previously served from 2001 to 2005.  The Trust exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London. It does this by funding the voluntary and community sector and others, as well as by using its own expertise and knowledge to support work that tackles poverty and its root causes.

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