Before joining IPPR in 2009, Ed was policy adviser to the communities and local government secretary. He was previously the director of policy and public affairs at the Local Government Information Unit, and served as a commissioner on the Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
Living in Manchester, Ed's background lies in community activism. He worked as coordinator of the Community Pride Initiative, wrote Manchester’s first Community Engagement Strategy and was a member of the Manchester Local Strategic Partnership Board. He is chair of a multimillion-pound community regeneration partnership in his local neighbourhood and church leader at Levenshulme Inspire United Reformed Church.