C. E. Lord OBE JP

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Charles Edward Lord

Charles Edward Lord OBE JP is a board level leader and adviser – with strong commercial, public, sport, and voluntary sector experience. As well as being Trustee of Gresham College, their positions include:

  • Elected Member, City of London Corporation – Deputy Chair (former Chair), Establishment Committee; Deputy Chair, Capital Buildings Committee; Deputy Chair, Gresham Committee; Member, Policy & Resources Committee
  • Independent Chairperson, Northern Ireland Assembly Secretariat Audit & Risk Committee
  • Independent Director, British Basketball League – Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Independent Director, Middlesex County Cricket Club – Chair, Remuneration Committee; Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Group
  • Justice of the Peace, Central London
  • Lay Member, Employment Appeal Tribunal. 

Born in 1972, 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. On graduating from Essex, Edward served for two years on the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Student Edward’s early career was in the charity and higher education sectors, serving as development director at Liverpool John Moores University and City University, London before establishing their consultancy practice in 2002.

They have been an elected member of the City of London Corporation since 2001. They chaired the City’s Licensing Committee from 2010 to 2013, and its ethical Standards Committee from 2013 to 2016 and was deputy chair of the 2012 Sub-Committee, leading on engagement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Edward was a leading member at the Local Government Association from 2004 to 2017, including serving on the LGA Executive and Improvement Board. They were chair and then non-executive director of Local Partnerships LLP, a multi disciplinary professional services firm which acts as a commercial and efficiency taskforce jointly owned by HM Treasury and the LGA. Edward was chair of Capital Ambition, a £38 million investment fund supporting improvement and innovation projects in London’s local authorities from 2011 to 2018 and a member of London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee.

Other former non-executive roles included being chair of Megalith Realty Limited, a private equity backed property developer and manager; deputy chair of the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust; and director of Parkwood Holdings plc, London Strategic Housing Limited, and Social Investment Business Limited. Charity trusteeships have included Albert Kennedy Trust, Anne Frank Trust, Bishopsgate Foundation, British Youth Council, LGBT Foundation, Refugee Council, St Botolph’s Project, and Trust for London.

A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Edward served as the LGA’s national lead on equality from 2004 to 2013, and as a board member of the Pride Trust and deputy/acting chair of Pride in London’s community advisory board.Edward was profiled by Stonewall in 2012 as one of its first seventeen LGBT role models, and served on the Government’s review of the Public Sector Equality Duty in 2012-13.

Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, Edward sits in magistrates’ courts in the Cities of London and Westminster and in the appellate jurisdiction at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) and Southwark Crown Court. They have been an approved presiding justice since 2008. In July 2021, the Lord Chancellor appointed Edward to serve as a lay member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, a senior court of record dealing with significant points of employment and labour relations law.

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.