Ed Richards started his professional career working in television for Diverse Production where he worked on programmes for C4. He subsequently did freelance work for BBC news and current affairs.
His is today joint Managing Partner of Flint Global, a business advisory company specialising in the interface between companies and regulators, competition authorities, governments and legislators. It is based in London and Brussels and works internationally.
Immediately before starting Flint Ed was the Chief Executive of Ofcom from October 2006 until the end of 2014 where he took a leading role in overseeing media regulation and in the performance and effectiveness of UK public service broadcasting.
He was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister (Tony Blair) for Media, telecoms and the internet and prior to this led the Corporate Strategy team at the BBC during the advent of the digital revolution.
Ed is also a Director of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, a Director of SETL Ltd, a financial technology company, a Governor of The London School of Economics & Political Science and a Director of Thames Water Utilities Limited,
He has also worked in consulting at London Economics Ltd and began his career as a researcher with Diverse Production Ltd where he worked on programmes for Channel 4.
He has a BSc(Econ) and MSc(Econ) from LSE. He took the Corporate Finance Programme at the London Business School and the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
He was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to the communications industries.