Ed is the UK’s longest-serving Minister for technology, working for UK prime minister David Cameron from 2010-2016. During that time, he oversaw a major expansion in fixed and mobile broadband coverage; helped the UK become a world leader in tech investment, working with companies such as Google and Facebook, as well as supporting the start-up ecosystem; supported the UK’s creative industries, including film television, video games and fashion, where he was responsible for introducing highly successful tax credits; and played a major role in influencing European tech policy and global internet governance rules. During his time as a Minister, the UK’s creative industries grew three times faster than the economy as a whole.
In his role, Ed travelled widely, engaging with countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, the US, Taiwan, Qatar and his European counterparts.
As well as being an MP, Ed is a senior adviser at FTI consulting; an executive-in-residence at LionTree, the number one TMT M&A boutique in the US; and an adviser to several start-ups in the tech sector.