James Reed is the Chairman of REED, a recruitment business that is family owned and employs over 3,500 people around the world.
James is a regular media commentator on work and labour market issues. His recent appearances include BBC News, Sky News, CNN, CNBC, London Live, Bloomberg, Sunday Brunch and The Apprentice. He shares his knowledge and experience in a monthly blog for the Huffington Post Young Voices section.
James is a best-selling author to two books, ‘Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’ and ‘Put Your Mindset to Work’, which he co-authored with Dr. Paul Stoltz.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). James lives in London with his wife Nicola and their six children.
REED was founded in 1960 by James’s father, Sir Alec Reed, and is now the best-known recruitment brand in the UK and the largest family-owned recruitment company in the world.
James first joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Harvard Business School. Since then REED has more than quadrupled in size, while reed.co.uk – the first site of its kind, established in 1995 – is now the #1 job site in the UK and Europe.
REED receives 50 million job applications every year, and has helped more than 140,000 long-term unemployed people get back into work. James was appointed Chief Executive in 1997 and Chairman in 2004.