James Reed is the chairman of the REED group of companies, which was founded by James’s father, Sir Alec Reed (see separate entry), in 1960. The company has 3,000 permanent employees working across 417 business units in 158 locations worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was formerly an associate of the Prime Minister’sDelivery Unit and a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s business-led taskforce on race equality and diversity in the private sector. Reed is co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book Put Your Mindset to Work.