Edward led the formation of Wild Search in 2010 following his earlier career in executive search with Odgers Ray and Berndtson. Prior to Wild Search he established and led the Board and Non Profit practices at an established boutique firm, specialising in appointments of executive and non executive directors, chairs and trustees. He has worked for a wide range of membership, professional and trade bodies, arts and tourism organisations, charities, educational organisations and housing providers; in addition to work for corporate clients on national and international searches.
He brings clients 25 years’ experience in education as both a practitioner and adviser, with a growing interest in international education, both within the UK and in the growth of British schools and colleges abroad. He recently took part in the Education Investor Global Summit in Singapore and visited a number of Wild Search’s international partners and colleagues to develop his knowledge and insights.
His early career was pursued in secondary education and charities (including Cancer Research UK and Addaction). He combined this experience to become the first ever Development Director of Hampton School in 2001.
He is the author of 'School by the Thames' (James and James 2005) and, with Neil Carmichael MP, 'Who Governors the Governors?' (Wild Research 2011), 'Stronger Boards, Better Education' (2012) and 'Building Better Boards: An Opportunity for Education' (2015). He has edited a number of Wild Research publications, including three reports on portfolio careers, Insights from the Inside (2018) being the latest and final one.
He has been a columnist on politics and education for regional newspapers and magazines, in addition to being regularly quoted by The Sunday Times on senior appointments and the rural economy. He has edited a number of Wild Research publications. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and has completed an executive education programme at Harvard Business School.
Edward is an experienced charity trustee and co-founder of Never Such Innocence