Ed is currently Interim Executive Director of ECCI and is responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the centre.
Deputy Director of ECCI since 2012 and one of its co-founders, Ed has led our innovation and international activities. He is also Dean, Edinburgh of China's first Low Carbon College.
At the China-UK Low Carbon College, Ed leads the University of Edinburgh's overall activity and heads up its innovation and professional education work. He will drive forward a new tailor-made innovation centre and research labs, due to open on the campus in late 2019.
Ed’s focus at ECCI is enabling innovation through partnership and internationalisation, particularly in the circular economy, rural development and data-driven innovation. He has successfully delivered dozens of innovation projects involving academics, public agencies and businesses in the low carbon sector.
Ed works on strategic projects for ECCI including global initiatives through the centre’s partnership with Climate-KIC and ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest greentech competition.
Ed supported the establishment of ECCI through the development and funding of the award-winning Low Carbon Innovation project. The initiative helped more than 1,000 SMEs to accelerate low carbon products and services.
Ed has more than 25 years’ experience supporting the business creation process as an entrepreneur and business adviser. He has worked in America and the Czech Republic as well as for Scottish Enterprise, Marks & Spencer and Napier University.
Ed holds qualifications in business and in human ecology from the University of Edinburgh.