Sian Reid: Biography


Sian Reid obtained her undergraduate degree in French and German at the University of Bristol, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

She obtained an Master of Business Administration postgraduate degree at the London Business School.

She has recently obtained an A level in Welsh with the University of Bangor Lifelong Learning Programme.

Teaching career

Sian Reid's first teaching job was as a modern languages teacher at Stanchester School, Somerset.

After her business career she started teaching at the Open University as an associate lecturer providing MBA tutoring in management studies. She specialised in knowledge management. She now tutors for the Open University undergraduate programme.

Sian has also taught AS and A2 level management studies at St.Mary's School, Cambridge.

Business career

Sian Reid's first first job outside teaching was as an editorial assistant at Resurgence magazine. This magazine, which promoted the 'small is beautiful' philosophy of Ernst Schumacher, was a pioneering advocate of sustainable living.

She moved to become a marketing officer at the Wales Tourist Board. This involved the promotion of Wales to tourists and travel companies in the UK and abroad.

After completing her MBA degree at the London Business School, Sian joined British Telecom where she became responsible for a range of new telecommunications services.

She left British Telecom to take up a post as Joint Managing Director of Legion Ltd. Legion was a start-up company offering telephone services throughout Europe. Many of the operations were in partnership with national telephone companies. Other clients and partners included the BBC and Associated Newspapers. After rapid and profitable growth, Legion was acquired by the French conglomerate Matra Hachette.

Sian subsequently undertook a company recovery as Interim Managing Director of a small retail chain.

Public service

Sian Reid has been a Governor of the pioneering Dorothy Gardner Nursery Centre in west London, and of the Newnham Croft School, Cambridge. She is currently a Governor of the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge.

She has been a Mentor for the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre, and has also been a Mentor for the Hills Road Sixth Form College Young Enterprise scheme. She has been a member of the WINtech technology committee of the Welsh Development Agency.

Sian has also worked in the past as a volunteer at Saneline, a telephone helpline for the mentally ill and their carers.

In 2002, Sian was part of a small group that set up the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. This umbrella charity, established to encourage giving by local authorities, companies, and individuals to local good causes, has distributed more than 3m to 1,110 community projects across the county.

Sian was also a co-founder of the Close the Door Campaign. This asks retailers to conserve energy by keeping their doors closed. The campaign, which originated in Cambridge, has achieved a national profile and has now spread to several other cities.

Sian Reid was elected as a member of Cambridge City Council in 2002, representing the Newnham ward, within which she lives. In Newnham she has fought against street clutter and excess signs, to retain the local buses, to promote local shops, and to protect and enhance the nature reserve and green spaces.

She has been an Executive Councillor since 2006, and is currently the Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth. In that role she has put climate change at the centre of the City Council's work and has led a campaign to reduce the city's carbon footprint through the Climate Change Charter, the Climate Change Fund, and Sustainable City Grants.


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