Opening Keynote Announced for FBUK Annual Conference 2024 – The Faces of Family Business

December 5, 2023

James Reed CBE of Reed Global

Family Business UK’s Annual Conference for 2024 – The Faces of Family Business – is now open for registrations.

Taking place in London from the 5th to 7th June 2024, the Conference will focus on how family businesses can harness the power of people to help create and sustain competitive advantage.

One of the unique advantages of family businesses is the value they place on people. Recognising that every person, be they family or non-family, bring a unique set of skills and capabilities to the table.

Managed well, the dynamics between people in the business create a culture of continuous improvement, enable people to fulfil their potential, allows for all stakeholders to contribute, and positively attracts and retains the talent to grow, often leading to generations of employee families working in the same business.

It is an undoubted competitive advantage. But in an age of increasing disruption and uncertainty, it is not going to be easy to sustain.

Announcing our Opening Keynote

James Reed CBE, will provide us unique perspective on recruiting talent at a time when shifting expectations of the nature of work, wellbeing in the workplace, job satisfaction and reward, and the role of ESG and responsible business make finding and retaining great talent one of the most pressing business issues of the day.

James is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Reed, the largest family-owned recruitment company in the world. Founded in 1960 by James’s father, Sir Alec Reed, the company now boasts 4,000 employees in 200 locations globally.

James first joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Harvard Business School. James was appointed Chief Executive in 1997 and Chairman in 2004.

James is a regular media commentator on work and labour market issues, with recent appearances including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 2 and The Apprentice. He has contributed insight to a wide range of publications including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Sunday Times.

Take part in the Annual Conference 2024

Join 180+ family business owners, leaders, execs & non-execs, their next gen, peers and supporters, at the Family Business UK Annual Conference 2024, to discover how to harness the power of people, for generations to come.

Access our Early-Bird and Member Group rates, and download the Conference programme.


“One’s perspective as a non-family attendee can provide fresh insights and ideas to the conference discussions. Participating alongside family members from one’s own business and engaging with the broader family business community creates great opportunities to gain valuable insights and learn from other successful family businesses.”

Eoghan O’Lionaird, CEO, Wates Group