Ed Vaizey is a member of the House of Lords, where he sits on the Communications and Digital Committee.
Ed was the UK’s longest-serving culture minister, holding the post in David Cameron’s government from 2010-2016. Ed was responsible for the UK’s national museums, such as Tate and the British Museum; the Arts Council; and heritage policy.
During his time in office, Ed protected free admission to museums; oversaw a radical reform of English Heritage; and published the first White Paper on cultural policy for more than 50 years. He also introduced tax credits to support theatre, museums, and orchestras. Ed was also responsible for the UK’s highly successful creative industries, in particular film, television and video games. During his time in office he oversaw the introduction of tax credits for these sectors, as well as the BBC Charter Review.
At various times Ed has been named by the London Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 most influential people; GQ as one of the UK’s 100 most influential people; the London Times as one of the 100 most influential people in film; and as one of the 100 most influential people in the video games industry.