David Reid is an executive leader in the science, engineering, and not-for-profit sectors with significant experience of leading complex global communications and stakeholder engagement to help progressive organisations achieve policy goals and maximise their impact.
An expert in strategic communications, he is currently a member of the executive leadership team of Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a global charity that supports education, research, and innovation to make the world a safer place. His role at the Foundation is to lead on creating global campaigns to raise awareness of the world’s biggest safety challenges and to build partnerships with major international organisations and UN agencies.
Having led corporate communications and advocacy for a number of high-profile organisations with a strong social purpose, he has developed innovative global campaigns that tackle major societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and public safety.
David’s work over the past five years has focussed on building coalitions and leading policy and advocacy engagement with multilateral actors, regional and national governments, regulators, civil society, NGOs, and the corporate sector, to achieve equitable, sustainable change that protects people, nature, and infrastructure. David is passionate about communicating science and the need to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
He was the Director of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival and led public engagement for various organisations including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He is the founder and executive chairman of Matter PR, one of the world’s only communications agencies specialising in helping science and engineering organisations. He is also a Board Trustee of The Oxford Trust and the head rowing coach for St. Peter’s College, Oxford.