Ed joined Power to Change in October 2018, initially managing the Bright Ideas and peer brokerage programmes. Currently, he is managing the capabilities workstream, which will provide a wide range of support to community business leaders and their teams to adapt to, and thrive in, the new normal.

Ed has spent the last 16 years working in a range of roles across government, the private and charity sector, primarily focused on how to support the growth and development of organisations, both in the UK and overseas.

Ed spent a year with VSO in Papua New Guinea, providing mentoring support to two social enterprises delivering services in the community of Madang, on the north coast of the mainland. Prior to starting at Power to Change, he worked for a start-up social enterprise in Bath carrying out impact evaluations for international NGOs. Ed co-founded and helps run the Tech for Good South West Network.

“I’m from Bristol, so even before I knew what a ‘community business’ was, I was always interacting with them, be it a visit to a community farm with my children or a trip on a ferry across the harbour. I soon realised that if we are to create better places to live, we need to develop and expand the opportunity for people to develop new business models that provide services, while investing in their local community. I then discovered Power to Change and the growing world of community businesses.”