Ed Smith is Chairman of WWF International’s Audit Committee and Chair of WWF-UK.
He is Pro-Chancellor and Chairman elect of the University of Birmingham, a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Chair of British Universities & Colleges Sport, Trustee and Treasurer of The Work Foundation and a Member of Council & Treasurer of The Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).
He is also a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Department for Transport and a member of the UK Competition Commission. Ed Smith is also Deputy Chair of the Managing Partners Forum and a Board Member of Opportunity Now, and the think tank DEMOS.
Ed Smith has huge experience in business, the public sector and higher education.
His main career was as a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was latterly Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman as well as leading a number of global client relationships.
He is a past Governor of the University of North London, and a Member of the Audit Committee of the former Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.
He now enjoys a portfolio of Board roles in education, thought leadership and sustainable development, as well as a number of commercial interests.
He has been a regular speaker on workplace inclusiveness, and is the joint author of a publication on the excessive burden of rules and regulation stifling innovation and creativity in UK business and society.
Ed Smith will take up his post as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in August 2010. The Pro-Chancellor chairs the University’s Council, which is the governing body.
Ed has a degree in Accounting and Finance, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
He was awarded a Doctorate (LLD Honoris Causa) in 2009 by the University of Bath for his contribution to Higher Education and Sport.
He is married with three children and his interests include sport, wine collecting, cooking and opera.