Edward Whiting

Director, Policy; Chief of Staff, Wellcome Trust

Ed is responsible for our work to influence policymakers around the world in support of our objectives, for example including that Brexit enables excellent international science to flourish, that we are improving our global capacity to respond to epidemics and anti-microbial resistance, and that we are supporting scientists and researchers to enable rapid takeup of their work, where there is potential for a significant positive impact on health. As Chief of Staff he is responsible for supporting the development of Wellcome’s new priority areas and how to deliver our existing priorities, working closely with our Chair and Director to make sure we have identified and are delivering on our top priorities and promises, and with other members of Executive Leadership Team to coordinate our big decisions.
Before joining Wellcome in September 2016, Ed worked in a number of Whitehall social and financial policy departments, including HM Treasury’s financial stability team during the 2008-09 financial crisis. He was most recently at No 10 Downing Street as Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, leading on public services.
Ed was awarded the OBE for public service and services to No10 Downing Street in the June 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.