John Reid is the most experienced Cabinet minister of modern times, having held more ministerial posts at Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history. In range of portfolios, and in breadth and intensity of change management across departments, his experience is unparalleled.
In particular he has served in leadership across a range of security-related portfolios in the UK Government including Home Secretary, Defence Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary, Minister for Transport and Armed Forces Minister. Following almost quarter of a century as a Member of Parliament, in 2010 he was elevated to membership of the House of Lords, the Upper Chamber of the UK Parliament.
He is a Hon. Professor and Chair of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London; a Principal at the Chertoff Group; Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security; Director of John Reid Advisory and a Senior Advisor to the Private sector on Security related matters.
His many awards include a Hon. Doctorate from Stirling University for his outstanding contribution to Public Affairs (2009): Politician of the Year (Spectator, 2006); Minister to Watch (2005); Peace Person of the Year, Northern Ireland (2002) and Best Scot at Westminster (2001).