Born in Liverpool in 1952 and educated there and at Cambridge, Edward’s career has been spent in the service of his City’s voluntary sector, managing in the youth service, the arts, housing, fund management, charity law and community empowerment.
In 2001 he and Mandy Maloney left the then Liverpool Council of Social Service (where Edward had for sixteen years been Chief Executive) to found Merseyside Network for Change with its Mission to stand beside the poor.
Always active in Liverpool’s regeneration Edward served as Chair of both Liverpool City Challenge and Kensington New Deal for Communities and played a leading role in the New Deal for the Unemployed and Employment Zone initiatives. He led for a decade the EU’s £500m Pathways to Integration programme of community development for economic development in Merseyside.
An expert and teacher in charity governance Edward has served scores of charities as a Trustee over forty years. He is currently Chair of the Trustees of the Black-E, Britain’s leading Community Arts Centre, and of Merseyside Refugee Support Network.