Edward Harley and his wife Victoria live at Brampton Bryan in North Herefordshire. Edward has lived there most of his life and his family have strong associations with the area. His redoubtable ancestor, Lady Brilliana Harley, defended the castle at Brampton Bryan during the Civil War.
After Cambridge University, where he read Land Economy, Edward joined Cazenove and Co. becoming a partner in 1993. His career at Cazenove involved much overseas travel including a two year spell living in New York. More recently he has worked as a Director of the fund management arm of the firm with responsibility for developing business with charities.
Aside from his City connections, he is involved with a number of charities, particularly in the heritage and arts world. This includes chairmanship of the Cazenove Charitable Trust and the Heritage Conservation Trust. He is also a Governor of Burghley House Preservation Trust and is on the Council of Tate Britain. He recently stood down from the Samuel Courtauld Trust having been a trustee for 12 years. He is a trustee, and chairman of the finance committee, of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He is also a Vice President of the National Churches Trust and a past President of the Historic Houses Association.
For many years he was involved with Save the Children Fund and in 2009 he was awarded the ‘Save the Children Outstanding Contribution to Children’ award.
In 2013 he was appointed chairman of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel which, amongst other things, advises the Government on which works of art are accepted for the nation either as a gift or in lieu of tax. Over the past decade this Panel has enabled works of art worth over £ 250 million to be distributed to museums and galleries around the United Kingdom.
In Herefordshire he has been involved with the Cathedral for many years. He is currently deputy chairman of the Dean and Chapter Finance Committee and a trustee of the Mappa Mundi Trust. He is president of the friends of the Herefordshire Record Office, a vice president of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and a patron of the Victoria County History for Herefordshire.
Edward and Victoria live at Brampton Bryan Hall with their four daughters, Brilliana, Mimo, Alice and Cressida.