Our Board

James Reed Chairman

James Reed MA MBA FCIPD is the Chairman of the Reed Global group of companies, which comprises Reed Specialist Recruitment, Reed Online recruitment, Reed in Partnership and Reed Learning. more

Early Life
James graduated from Oxford University in 1984 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and subsequently gained an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

James enjoyed a varied early career, which included being assistant to Gordon Roddick, the Chairman of the Body Shop plc, and working as a media planner/buyer for Saatchi & Saatchi plc. In 1987/1988, he worked for Afghanaid and Help the Aged, coordinating relief and development programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.

James also spent more than three years with the BBC, where he worked as an Assistant Producer on documentaries and factual programmes.

Career at Reed
In 1991 James joined Reed, the recruitment specialist, that was founded by his father, Alec, in 1960. James became Chief Executive in 1997 and was appointed Chairman in 2004.

The company has grown significantly over the last 50 years and now spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Reed employs over 3,000 people in over 350 offices worldwide, and delivers recruitment services across 30 specialisms. In April 2011, Reed was awarded the contract to run the government's Work Programme in West London.

In the recession of 2008/2009, James initiated the Keep Britain Working campaign, which aimed to promote innovative ways to preserve and create jobs. The campaign was backed by a broad range of businesses, the Mayor of London, all three of the main political parties, the British Chambers of Commerce and the Trades Union Congress.

James is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was formerly an Associate of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)'s business-led Taskforce on Race Equality and Diversity in the Private Sector.

Speeches
He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars, and has twice been the keynote speaker at the CIPD's annual recruitment conference. James spoke at the Smith Institute's launch of "Starting Them Young - Creating a Culture of Enterprise for All" at Number 11 Downing Street in November 2004. He also spoke on the subject of "Building a Resilient Workforce" at an event hosted by the Smith Institute at the British Academy in April 2009.

"Put Your Mindset to Work", a book co-authored by James Reed and Dr Paul Stoltz was published by Portfolio Penguin in May 2011. The book reveals that 97% of employers would put mindset ahead of skill set when recruiting. It goes on to identify and describe the key traits that make up the winning mindset, called the 3G Mindset. James has spoken to several schools and academies about the findings in the book, and has also addressed a large number of HR leaders.

reed.co.uk is the largest job site in Europe and because of this, James was invited to speak about how the Internet has transformed recruitment at the 6th Annual London Connects Conference in June 2006. Continuing on this theme, James speaks regularly about Innovation in Recruitment and Retention, The Transformational Power of the Internet and Building a Resilient Workforce to a variety of audiences.

Personal Life
He is married to Nicola and they live in London with their six children. James enjoys running, horse riding, football and mountaineering, and has participated in two of Reed's annual Alpine Leadership Challenges - led by the renowned Alpinist Dr. Stefan Gatt.

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Martin Fallon Managing Director

Martin has 38 years' experience in the recruitment and welfare to work sectors and is based at our office in Southwark in London.  more

As Managing Director, Martin is responsible for directing strategy towards the profitable growth and operation of the company. His role includes maintaining operational performance and formulating and implementing company policy across the UK. 
Martin originally joined the Reed Group in 1989 as a Regional Manager for what was then the Technical, Industrial and Catering division. He went on to do a number of sales and operational roles, becoming Operations Director of Reed Accountancy and after that Reed Employment. Martin joined Reed in Partnership in 2004 as Operations Director for London and became Operations Director for Reed in Partnership UK in 2010.
Martin celebrated his 25th anniversary at the Reed Group in February 2014.

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Steven Beggs Finance Director

Steve joined Reed in Partnership in 2007 initially focused on overseeing claims processes, contract performance accounting and reporting before broadening his remit to include supporting the commercial analysis of new business opportunities in 2009. more

Appointed Head of Finance in 2011, Steve's role was expanded to include the full range of financial management activity for the business before assuming the role of Financial Controller in 2013. 
Steve was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 2017 and oversees Reed in Partnership's Finance and Contract Management functions.
Steve is a Chartered Management Accountant having qualified in 2006. Prior to joining Reed in Partnership, Steve worked for several medium to large manufacturing organisations in accounting roles.

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Joan Edmunds Legal Director

Joan is a solicitor and head of our legal department. The department is based in the Reed Group offices in Chancery Lane and provides advice and support on a range of legal issues. more

Joan is a solicitor with over 30 years' experience. She worked in private practice in the City and ran her own legal practice prior to joining the Reed Group as Group Solicitor and Company Secretary in 1987.

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Tom Millar Director of Reed in Partnership

Tom has worked for Reed at Board level for over 19 years. He acts as Director of Reed in Partnership, Managing Director of The REED NCFE Partnership and Director & Chairman of Enterprise Growth Solutions. more

Tom's operational expertise spans the commercial recruitment, employment, skills and business support sectors. He also set up and ran for a number of years Reed's internal shared services centre.

From his home in rural Stirlingshire Tom travels extensively throughout the UK. His main responsibilities include growing a business joint venture with the NCFE awarding body that supports Further and Higher Education students as they leave College and University to enter the labour market and leading a business joint venture with Exemplas Holdings Ltd that supports SMEs to survive and grow through the development of international trade opportunities.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a Law degree, Tom worked as a qualified solicitor for almost ten years before moving sectors. He first joined the REED family of companies in 1997 as People & Quality Director and has held a wide variety of different Board-level roles since then.

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Donna Murrell Operations Director

Donna has been with Reed in Partnership since 2003 and brings 14 years of industry experience to the Board. She is responsible for performance across all of our services.  more

Donna started with the company in 2003 as an Employment Adviser, working on the Employment Zone contract in Stratford. She progressed to the role of Business Manager in 2005 and two years later supported the implementation and management of Pathways to Work. She then went on to manage our largest contract as Programme Director for the Work Programme.

Donna leads, reviews and reports on programme performance and supply chain management across the UK. She is also responsible for establishing and maintaining stakeholder relationships, such as senior Jobcentre Plus contacts, local government, employer organisations and strategic partners.

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Rhodri Thomas Director of Business Development, Marketing & Communications

Rhodri manages Reed in Partnership’s Business Development team, developing and implementing the company’s business growth strategy. more

Rhodri is also responsible for the Reed in Partnership brand, determining how programmes and activities are marketed to participants and stakeholders. Previously, Rhodri was the Campaigns Manager at Serco Group plc and was the Education & Skills Policy Officer at the Labour Party where he helped produce the education, skills and childcare manifestos.

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