Ed Harding

Ed Harding

Managing Director

‘The knowledge that all health is real and lived – whether good or bad – makes it a real honour to do what we do, and to learn from so many inspirational people.’


Ed co-founded The Health Policy Partnership in 2014, and has a wealth of experience in driving clarity, urgency and consensus in a changing health policy landscape.

Ed has led many of HPP’s largest and longest-running projects in non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular health, bone health and diabetes. He has led new political engagement strategies and stakeholder alliances to engage societal leaders, underpinned by evidence, analysis and expert consensus for change.

His focus of work has encompassed the promotion of guideline-based and person-centred models, as well as new horizons of diagnostics, care and use of digital technologies. Many of these projects have led to direct advocacy actions to elevate policy responses from governments and other key stakeholders. In support of this, Ed has led international policy summits, calls to action, advocacy toolkits, policy reports and peer-reviewed publications, all with the active engagement of leading experts, patient advocates and decision-makers.

Ed has acted as the Director of the Heart Failure Policy Network, HPP’s longest-running project, since 2015. The Network is Europe’s leading policy platform working to engage decision-makers to advance prevention and care in this area. Ed also provides several advisory roles outside of HPP; he is an Ambassador for FH Europe (the European Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Patient Network) and also acts as an Advisor to the Asia-Pacific Cardiovascular Disease Alliance. In 2023, he was the recipient of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation International Award for services to the heart failure community.

Prior to HPP, Ed spent several years at the UK Department of Health, where he managed national improvement programmes in integrated care and strategic local partnerships for health and wellbeing, as well as being consultant to the Personal Health Budgets pilot programme. He previously worked at the International Longevity Centre – UK, a registered charity and think-tank on demographic change, and prior to that was Head of Key Supporters at the Britain in Europe campaign group.

Ed has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.