Member of Council
Ed Smith


Ed is the former global assurance COO and strategy chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He retired in 2007 from a 30 year career with PwC where he held many leading roles as a senior partner.

He now enjoys a portfolio of board roles in education, transport, health, thought leadership and sustainable development as well as a number of commercial interests. He is the chair of monitor and chair-designate of the NHS Improvement and non executive director at NHS Property Services. He is pro chancellor and chair of council at the University of Birmingham. He is also the lead non executive board member at the Department for Transport, a member of the Competition & Markets Authority and deputy chairman and chair of the Audit Committee at NHS England.

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.