Alison Reed

Economic History & Geography 1978

Alison Reed is a non executive director and Deputy Chairman of British Airways plc. She is also a non executive director and Chairman of the audit committee at Darty plc, DRS Data and Research Services plc, Whizz-kidz and a private equity backed financial services business.

Alison spent 21 years with Marks and Spencer plc rising to Chief Financial Officer. Her experience included a wide range of financial and commercial roles across all areas of the business. She played a key role in the successful high profile corporate defence in 2004.

After Marks & Spencer, Alison joined the Standard Life Assurance Company to prepare the Mutual for listing on the London Stock Exchange. She delivered a highly successful IPO to the original timetable, with the sale of £2bn of stock to investors.

Alison was previously a non executive director of HSBC Bank plc and a trustee of BBC Children in Need.

Alison is a Chartered Accountant and qualified with Touche Ross & Co in London, after graduating from Exeter University.