Ed Smith visited the College on Wednesday 27th February for the inaugural Jonathan Hulley Memorial Lecture, as part of the College’s Pathways to Sporting Excellence and FramSoc programmes.
Ed, who is currently National Selector for the England Cricket team, was interviewed by the College Headmaster, Paul Taylor, whilst he also fielded a wide range of questions from the captivated audience. A number of topics were discussed, including the role that sport plays within education and Ed’s experiences in the IPL and with the current England squad.
The event also saw the grand unveiling of the Jonathan Hulley Memorial Clock, which will reside in the College’s Cricket Pavilion. Jonathan Hulley, who was a cricket-loving student at the College from 2010-16, was tragically killed in 2017.
As National Selector, Ed has won many plaudits for brave selections such as Joss Buttler, Adil Rashid and Ben Foakes, all of whom have played major roles in England’s recent success, including a rare 3-0 away series victory in Sri Lanka last November. Educated at Tonbridge School, Ed went on to secure a Double First in History from Cambridge before embarking on his professional cricket career for England, Kent and Middlesex, where he was captain before injury forced his premature retirement in 2008. Ed then became an author and journalist. He was part of the much loved Test Match Special commentary team before becoming National Selector in 2018.
Director of Sport, Nick Gandy said, “We were delighted that Ed could join us for the first of our Annual Lectures in memory of Jonathan. It was an entertaining, informative and evocative occasion. The specially commissioned clock is a fitting memorial to a much-loved and missed young man.”
During the evening, over £200 was raised for Charity which will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Tom’s Trust, a charity supporting parents and children with Brain Tumours.