Duncan Reed, Director

I founded this firm in 2011 in order to respond to the developing needs of a growing market. Specifically, for an obviously independent service but one offered by someone who is nevertheless an experienced ‘board practitioner’.

Against this background, my career has consisted of over twenty years’ specialisation in board advisory services, first in executive search and then in board evaluation, with the Zygos Partnership and Spencer Stuart, prior to building Condign.

My focus has always been on working with company boards, advising them and acting for them by assessing their needs and seeking to fulfil them, with the evaluation (and, at one time, recruitment) of chairmen, senior independent directors, committee chairmen and non-executive directors, as well as executive directors such as CEOs and CFOs.

Clients for whom I have led board evaluation projects include the AA, Ashmore, Ashtead, Cancer Research UK, Crossrail, Dairy Crest, Dunelm Group, Enterprise Inns (EIG), Experian, FirstGroup, Foreign & Colonial Commercial Property Trust (FCPT, now BMO GAM Commercial Property), Go-Ahead Group, Grosvenor Estates, Halma, Inmarsat, International Workplace Group (IWG), Mitie Group, NEST (the National Employment Savings Trust), Northgate, the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority), Ofcom, P2PGI (now Pollen Street Secured Lending), Pennon, QinetiQ, Ricardo, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund (SEQI), SIG, Sophos, Southern Water, Speedy Hire, Starling Bank and Wincanton.

I graduated in Classics from Jesus College, Cambridge, and hold a master’s degree.

‘The passions of this time are not condigne to the glorie to come’

The Rheims Bible, Romans chapter 8, verse 18