Director Army Reform
Ed joined the Ministry of Defence in May 2016 as Director Army Reform to support the British Army in their ambitious programme of reforms to drive improvements in efficiency and quality, and in doing so secure the funding required to achieve Joint Force 2025 as set out in Strategic Defence Spending Review 2015. Ed reports to the Chief of the General Staff and sits as a permanent member of the Executive Committee of the Army Board. Ed led as SRO for the Personnel Support Transformation Programme (Transformed services supporting the needs of our People and our Army) and now focuses on a wide range of areas including the development of data analytics, supporting the Prosperity Plan, driving the use of Robotic Process Automation and leading on a number of short term reviews/studies on behalf of CGS and CDS. Ed is also the Senior Civil Service Ambassador for the Clyde Naval Base.
Prior to joining the MoD Ed was at the Ministry of Justice where he led work to turn around the Electronic Monitoring programme; part of the critical national infrastructure which involves the monitoring of curfews for around 14,000 offenders. The programme is developing new capability to track the location of offenders via GPS which is critical to enabling the Government to realise its Home Office and Ministry of Justice manifesto commitments. Ed joined the Ministry of Justice in 2013 to lead the Transforming Youth Custody Programme, a Coalition Government priority, putting education at the heart of youth custodial provision whilst improving the package of support to resettle young people leaving custody.
Before joining the Senior Civil Service in 2013 Ed’s career was within the private sector as a management consultant. Specialising in the delivery of large scale, complex change programmes all across the world for both private and public sector clients.
Ed is passionate about developing people and takes pride in his Exeter role, seeing it as a great way of nurturing our future leaders.