As child of the 80’s, Ed grew up in a polarised and deeply homophobic society. Whilst he admired the trailblazers it would be some years before he felt confident to stand up himself. Ed is now driven to empower people to be themselves and achieve their potential and he sees the work of The Kite Trust as critical to support LGBT young people in doing so.
After first-hand experience in the secondary school RE classroom, Ed has since gained extensive experience in public sector consultancy and excellent local knowledge gained from 7 years working in local government and most recently as a County Councillor from 2013 to 2017.
As a Councillor, Ed found expression and focus for his long term passion for social justice and equality. After just a couple of weeks as a Councillor whilst in a diversity training session, Ed was shocked by comments shared by some senior councillors. They were being shown the results of a groundbreaking survey of young people: looking at the correlation between sexual identity, gender, physical and mental health. Somebody interjected ‘I wouldn’t want my son being asked questions like that’. Almost involuntarily, he found himself with heart pounding, standing on his feet, ‘I think you may find in that situation it is less about what you may want and more about what your son may need’. That sentence changed his life.
Within minutes he found himself on the Council’s Diversity Group, then within weeks, was attending the premiere of a new diversity film for Primary Schools and within the year was honoured to be asked to help the launch the film in Cambridgeshire.
Ed spearheaded a campaign to fly the rainbow flag. To celebrate this he orchestrated a human rainbow outside Shire Hall and partnered with the Cambridge light festival E-luminate transforming County Hall with the rainbow colours for LGBT History Month. As a Councillor he also worked alongside faith groups to his position on SACRE (RE Curriculum Board) and has worked with Stonewall and CREDS (Cambridgeshire Race, Equality and Diversity Service) to publish a pioneering new guide for RE teachers navigating the issues of gender and sexual identity.