Strength Through Partnership

About me.

With passion and with a flair for innovation and improvement, I am a strong relationship builder able to manage and engage a wide variety of stakeholders and communities.  I have excellent leadership qualities including enhanced communication skills that enable me to reach a range of very different audiences to convey key messages, influence decision-making and affect change.

With a sound, public sector back ground, both as a local authority officer and then an elected representative.  I have expert knowledge of working within a fluid political environment, and develop and deliver strategic vision while managing risk and working outside the box.




Experience in public office – Extensive media relation experience. Communication on all platforms including television, radio, newspaper and social media on a variety of highly sensitive and high impact issues both planned and reactive.   


Change management, comms, branding, strategy and PR:

Worked with Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge to define their goals and objectives, partnered with a strategic marketing /social media programme and branding to retain its strong position within the city.   


Stakeholder engagement:

Facilitated and advised on the engagement of a diverse group of faith community representatives with the planning of community provision at Cambridge University’s urban extension (North West Cambridge)


Event management and group facilitation:

Managed the planning and delivery of a programme,“Cambridge Conversations” (5 events) bringing the public, private and voluntary sectors together to work more effectively in the economic downturn.


Research and innovation:

Co researched, co-wrote and co presented a paper at the first ever international Multi Faith Space conference at Manchester University


Direction and facilitation for stakeholder engagement:

For the development of the Greater Cambridge and Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership website.






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What people are saying...

"I have worked with Ed both before and after he founded Cearns & Co, chiefly but not exclusively in the context of the contribution that faith groups make to the planning and development of new communities in Cambridgeshire. Ed’s knowledge of the public sector and expertise in planning have been enormously helpful to our work. Just as valuable, however, is his high level of commitment to any project he takes on, along with his capacity for concentrated work and positive approach to problem solving. The publication ‘Faith in New Developments’ which Ed produced for the East of England Faiths Council is an excellent example of the added value Cearns & Co can provide."

Priscilla Barlow

County Ecumenical Officer Churches Together in Cambridgeshire