Edward Hutton has been a Feltmaker for twenty years having been introduced to the Company by his father-in-law Past Master Peter Grant. Before joining the Court in 2003, his main contribution to the Company was during the late 1990’s when he organised its participation in the InterLivery Swimathon held at the RAC Country Club in Epsom. As a result, the Feltmakers team succeeded in raising not insubstantial funds for the Feltmakers Charitable Foundation and the then Lord Mayor’s chosen charity. He is currently a member of the Editorial and IT Committee and has also served on the Historical Committee. Other charitable work included a stint with the Prince’s Trust.
Edward was educated at Oxford University graduating in 1974 with an honours degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). Since qualifying as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse in the late 1970’s, he has spent his business life as an investment banker in the City, mainly specialising in equity capital markets at HSBC. The range of work has been diverse, covering government privatisations (the UK electricity distribution and generating companies in particular) at one end of the scale to advising on smaller company takeovers at the other. Geographically too the range has been diverse and in addition to working in the UK the job has taken him to destinations in Europe, Asia and North America, not forgetting one memorable visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo at the height of the civil war. He has mainly worked with companies in the natural resources, telecoms and support services sectors. Since leaving HSBC in 2002, he has principally been involved as an advisor to corporate clients on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller and growing companies.
Sports in which he participates include golf, tennis and ski-ing. His main hobby is woodworking where over the years the workshop has turned out items such as chests of drawers, desks and cupboards.
Edward is married to Cathy who is currently midway through a degree course in Homeopathy. They have three children (Emma, Peter and Andrew) and home is near Winchester.