Ed is our Deputy Chief Executive, leading on our research programme as well as delivering reviews of governance and scrutiny for our public and private sector clients, with a particular focus on our core work in local government.
Ed leads CfGS’s thinking on the improvement and development of governance in local authorities. He led on the production the CfGS/Localis “Governance risk and resilience framework”, and is currently carrying out work funded by Joseph Rowntree on how governance may transform in light of the pandemic.
Ed also leads on the design and delivery of CfGS’s research programme. Recent work includes guidance on the links between scrutiny and audit, and additions to CfGS’s body of research on local authorities changing governance model between executive arrangements and the committee system.
Other recent work has included producing statutory guidance on behalf of Welsh Government to support local authorities to carry out remote meetings – as well as carrying out work supporting councils on remote meetings in England.
Ed provides support to English councils directly, alongside others in the team. Ed is currently involved in providing support on governance and constitutional improvement for Croydon and Liverpool, alongside colleagues from the LGA.
Ed joined the organisation in 2008, having begun his career in local authority governance and scrutiny.