Ed Anderson joined the Ryedale Festival Board in 2018 and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2020. He chairs the Finance Committee. In his executive career, he held senior posts in local government and was CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport for 10 years. He is a former Chair of the Yorkshire Building Society and has held a number of other leadership roles in the higher education, arts, health and charitable sectors. He is currently Chair of National Savings & Investments (NS&I), a trustee of Opera North and is the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. He was awarded the CBE in the 2022 New Years Honours list for services to the finance sector and public life in Yorkshire.
He has lived in Yorkshire for over 50 years, is married with four adult children and one grandchild. He has extremely wide tastes in music, covering virtually all genres; and has admired and supported the Ryedale Festival for many years.