Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot) was appointed to the House of Lords in 2020, and sits on the Communications and Media Select Committee.
Ed was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.
In the private sector, Ed is an executive-in-residence at LionTree, the leading global M&A advisory firm and is an adviser to a number of technology funds and technology start-ups.
Ed currently serves as a trustee of Tate, and is a governor of St Paul’s School, London.
Ed is a visiting professor at King’s College, London and Newcastle University; an Honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; and an Honorary Fellow of the Radio Academy.
In his role as digital minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme to more than 4 million homes, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. Ed also helped persuade Lucas Films to make the new Star Wars in the UK, and received an on-screen credit in the first film of the series.
In addition, he played a key role in putting coding in the national curriculum for schools, and in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy.
Ed published the first White Paper on Culture in the UK for 50 years.
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you very much for your attendance and speech at our Christmas reception last night. Your speech was incredibly well received, adding an excellent dose of humour to the night as well as an insight into the inner workings of Government – particularly at such a crucial and fast-moving point in time.
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