Ed served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and was the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.
In his role as Minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful UK rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for theatre, orchestras, film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. In addition, he played a key role in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy.
Ed currently serves as a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and the Documentary Society. He is vice-chair of the British Esports Association and sits on the advisory board of the London Festival of Architecture.