Ed Allison-Wright MRICS
Ed is the Executive Director at Haydon Consulting. He previously worked at the reputable regional firm, Crickmay Chartered Surveyors and prior to that in the residential market of Brighton & Hove, serving a development company and a leading sales & letting agency.
Ed was educated locally at Brighton College before gaining a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management from the University of Reading and becoming a Chartered Surveyor. He has also subsequently gained a MSc in Town Planning from the University of Brighton, becoming a Chartered Town Planner. Ed has acted for retained clients ranging from significant multi-national corporations looking to acquire substantial asset holdings and portfolios, to high-net worth individuals undertaking single and unique projects; typically performing an consultancy based role in asset management duties and the facilitation of strategic projects.
Ed is Chair of the Brighton & Hove Learning, Skills and Employment Partnership (LSEP) and Vice Chair of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP), in addition to being a Board Member of the city's Strategic Housing Partnership.
As such, a lot of work Ed undertakes involves strategic public-private sector relations, utilising a strong working relationship that is held with the various local authorities and key stakeholder groups in the area.
Ed volunteers as a Young Enterprise business advisor to Brighton College, as well as being an internal business mentor to his old school house, Durnford. He is represented on a number of local committees and steering groups, in addition to being heavily involved with various charities.
In 2012, Ed co-founded Albion In The Community's Want to Work in Construction #WtWiC programme, which aims to offer those that are unemployed the opportunities required to get into the construction industry. He also co-founded the #ConstructionVoice initiative in 2013 with the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce and two other local businesses, with the aim of providing a platform for debate and more effective representation for those involved in the property sector, locally.
Out of work, Ed enjoys travelling and sport. He is also currently training to gain a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) at Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport.
"As the CEO of the Dunsfold Group, I have worked over the last eighteen months with Ed Allison-Wright on a particular project, having been introduced to him by a major construction company, Bouygues, with whom we have a good working relationship. From the outset, Ed has demonstrated his quick grasp of the property Development and Investment projects that we have discussed and has brought knowledge and experience to every situation, whether it be a practical problem or a strategic decision. He is well-known in Sussex and particularly in the Brighton & Hove City Council area and provides an effective link between the private sector and local government, through his good understanding of both. His contacts in the funding sector have been useful and are of the highest quality in terms of reliability. I have enjoyed working with Ed on this particular scheme and have no doubt that we will be collaborating again in the near future."
"Ed Allison-Wright is one of the most engaged, engaging active members that Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has ever had. His participation goes well beyond our expectations of membership to encompass a wide variety of roles and activities that deliver real-world, practical outcomes. Whether it is advising on the strategic use of land or hosting week-long workshops for young people interested in working in construction, he is an invaluable asset to both the Partnership and the city"
"I have worked with Ed Allison-Wright through our membership of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership. Ed has made a significant contribution to the work of the Partnership, his knowledge and understanding of the local business community together with a creative passion for the City has helped support a number of initiatives and his continued input is greatly appreciated."
"Ed is a passionate and committed member of the Brighton & Hove community, with involvement in a number of strategic sites and high aspirations for Brighton & Hove as a city."
"I have known Ed for the past 3 years and have had the pleasure of working with him on several projects. I have found him to be very professional, highly efficient and extremely personable. Last year, Ed and I were involved in starting up the Want To Work In Construction Week. From our initial idea, the event grew to be a huge success run over the course of a week in April 2013 to help young unemployed people find work within the construction industry. Ed was integral in putting the programme together; finding speakers for the various sessions; arranging site visits for the attendees; chairing the event and sourcing sponsorship. Nearly all the candidates are now in either work experience or full-time employment. I would very happily recommend Ed most highly as a consultant and look forward very much to working with him further."
"I have known Ed for a number of years and he is incredibly well connected within the City of Brighton & Hove. Understanding the City as well as he does, gives him an advantage over others when it comes to analysing the City and what makes it tick. There are few people I would trust with a genuine, honest reflection of the state of the City at any particular time; Ed is one of those people."
"A thorough and current understanding of the local property market, combined with an unrivalled list of contacts, has made Ed an invaluable partner in our Business Development strategy. Always happy to share intelligence and make introductions to key individuals, Ed is the first call I make. Ed conducts himself in a professional yet friendly manner and I have no hesitation in recommending his services."
"Having dealt with Ed for many years it's refreshing to deal with someone with such attention to detail. Our industry is awash with people with grand ideas but not the ability to deliver them at the necessary detail – Ed has both; his skill set will stand a proposal in good stead and his fastidious nature ensures the site can be delivered efficiently and economically."
"As Chair of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, I have had the opportunity to work with Ed Allison-Wright on many important issues relating to Brighton & Hove. He is passionate, professional and driven in the work he does; including debating the strategy on future economic growth in the City. In particular, the scrutiny that the Partnership has conducted in respect of the BHCC City Plan (Core Strategy) has been extensive and Ed's input into this work and other property sector related matters has been pivotal."
"Ed Allison-Wright is a highly motivated and driven consultant, benefitting from a strong network base in Sussex, with a great deal of experience in sourcing market evidence and providing strategic advice on acquisitions and disposals in the local market. He is highly recommended for providing thoughtful and trustworthy independent advice."
"Ed is a proactive asset manager with a fantastic network of contacts and intelligence in the Brighton & Hove market."
"A great deal of business in the construction / development industry is based upon 'who you know' and with this in mind, Ed is a valued contact to us for strategic advice and private – public sector relations on work we are actively pursuing in the South East of England, both in the immediate future but also with a long term perspective."
"Ed has been instrumental in introducing major stakeholders in the planning and property industry to Brighton College. He has been incredibly diligent and always a pleasure to work with whether bringing key events and networking opportunities into Brighton College or the wider Old Brightonians network. In addition to this Ed's mentoring of entrepreneurship groups within the 6th Form and assisting young OBs who need careers advice has been faultless, utilising his impeccable people skills and enthusiasm to guide them in appropriate directions."
"Ed Allison-Wright is a motivated property professional that is both well-informed and experienced in the Brighton & Hove marketplace. He has proved to be a key contact in strategic discussions when engaging with the Local Authority."
"Ed Allison-Wright is a dynamic and diligent presence on the city scene. He works hard, delivers on his promises, and has the best interest of the future of the city at heart. I have worked often with Ed and know him to be methodical, reliable and creative - a great combination!"
"RLF have formed a strong working relationship with Ed Allison-Wright. Ed has always been open and transparent in all his dealings. He is willing to listen and step forward to participate and explore ideas and concepts such as participation in the Construction Voice initiative with RLF, Graves Jenkins and the local Chamber of Commerce. Ed always actively participates and conveys a strong commitment to the resolution of the challenges encountered."
"Ed Allison-Wright was an important contributor in establishing our first Construction Voice event for the construction industry. His professional approach has helped to make the event such a success and I look forward to working with him as we roll-out more events under this initiative"
"I have worked closely with Ed as a key stakeholder in Brighton City Centre for several years. The success of Brilliant Brighton, the city's Business Improvement District relies heavily on positive relationships with major stakeholders within the city and Ed has proved to be committed to true partnership working to bring about concrete change. Via our other major partners (the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership and Business Forum), Ed has proved his commitment to the city and endeavours to work holistically to create a city that is not just a great place to work, but to also visit and live in. Thanks to the rich network Ed has built up, we have been able to gain access to some fruitful partnerships of our own, helping us to better deliver our brief and support the business community that we serve."
"A thorough and current understanding of the local property market, combined with an unrivalled list of contacts, has made Ed an instrumental partner in our development focus in the region. Always happy to share intelligence and make introductions to key individuals, Ed is the first call I make. Ed is both professional and approachable and I have no hesitation in recommending his services."
"During our dealings with Ed Allison-Wright we have found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the marketability and development potential of commercial property. Ed has an impressive understanding of the processes and politics behind the property markets in Brighton & Hove and the wider region, and is passionate about what he does. His organised and methodical approach to property management has seen him streamline some very difficult portfolios. He is refreshingly pro-active and diligent and we would not hesitate to work with him again."