Matthew Reed

Chief Executive, The Children's Society

Biography

Matthew joined The Children’s Society as Chief Executive in May 2012.

Matthew is passionate about supporting people to thrive, flourish, and realize their full potential, overcoming whatever challenges hinder or arrest this, and leading organisations to deliver sustainable high impact through novel and leveraged solutions.

He is leading The Children’s Society to focus on addressing the profound challenges faced by many young people, breaking the cycles of disadvantage that impede their flourishing, and unlocking their potential and life chances.

Prior to joining The Children’s Society Matthew was Chief Executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (medical research) and a board level Director at Christian Aid (international development). From 2015 to 2016 Matthew was the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on Child Poverty and has been a mentor to graduates and third sector senior leaders for many years.

Matthew has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Management from the University of Surrey.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the RSA, and a Trustee of Children England. He lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

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