Ed's career is in education and skills. He has been a teacher, researcher, author, senior leader, consultant and adviser to government and has worked in colleges in West London, Hackney, Berkshire, Somerset, Surrey, Bristol and the Channel Islands. For fifteen years, he was Principal and Chief Executive of Jersey's Highland College.
Most recently, as an Associate of the Education and Training Foundation, he chaired the review of functional skills qualification "Making Maths and English Work for All", commissioned by the then Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP. For the Department of Education he chaired their Technical Education Panel on Education and Childcare, developing the content for the new T level qualification. Before he joined the Governing Body at MidKent College, he chaired their English and Maths board which helped to improve levels of achievement in those subjects.
He has been a Trustee of a number of educational, heritage and health and wellbeing charities. He also holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma. Ed is currently a Trustee of a large public sector pension fund and of the Education Support Partnership which works to improve the wellbeing of staff working in education.
Ed is an economist and has a PhD in educational quality improvement from the University of the West of England. He is a Visiting Professor at Plymouth University who have awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Education and he is a Fellow of the City of Guilds of London Institute, the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Arts. In the 2010 New Years Honours List, he was appointed OBE for his services to education.