Alec Reed , CBE, FCMA, FCIPD (born 16 February 1934) is the founder of Reed Executive Ltd, one of the UK's largest private businesses. He is now Reed's "Founder at Large". He pursues a number of philanthropic endeavours and is one of Britain's highest-profile charity donors and organisers. His various charitable initiatives have given away over £60m since inception, mostly in support of women, addiction, overseas development, education and the arts. He was knighted for services to business and charity in 2011. He is the founder of seven charities, several companies, two schools and the author of four business books.
- "Once you’re head of a public company you are expected to perform; you’re like an unpaid greyhound on a racetrack called the stock market. They’d take bets on us, but not add anything at all.”
- The Business Times Online, 2012.