Edward is an experienced senior commercial professional and public services delivery specialist with over 25 years commercial, strategic sourcing and commercial-legal expertise across both private practice and the public sector, with a rare and very useful combination of concurrent professional procurement and legal qualifications and practice. With a proven track-record of applying and embedding commercial disciplines within the public sector to deliver intelligent, innovative and effective services, improve efficiency, develop new service delivery models, increase income, and reduce costs, Edward is outcome-focused; intrinsically people-centred, but with a clear commercial outlook.
With a career start in academics, followed by a stint as a criminal defence lawyer, the strong lure of private commerce brought Edward into corporate insolvency practice, later becoming managing partner of a niche firm specialising in international commercial transactions & projects, oil & gas/energy, and IP/ICT projects. In 2004 Edward came into public service to establish and head the commercial legal team at a large southeast County Council, before his appointment as Chief Procurement Officer (2011-16). During his 12 years at the county council, Edward advised on, delivered and managed a portfolio of multifaceted public sector strategic and commercial contracts, and complex commercial projects and transactions. He is currently a Senior Commercial Advisor (Legal & Procurement) at a UK water utility, and a consultant and sought after trainer.
Edward has degrees from several universities, including a Master of Laws (with Credit) from the London School of Economics, and other academic and professional qualifications, including full Membership of CIPS and Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute.