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Carl Reid

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerAs a life long Trade Unionist, my inspiration comes from many years of fighting oppression in all its forms whether through class politics and other forms of inequality. These I believe have ensured that certain groups have been underrepresented within the job market through exclusion policies.

QuestionWhich leadership development programme did you attend?

AnswerPeach Placement

QuestionWhy did you choose the programme?

AnswerI chose this programme as it would utilise my skills as both an artist and someone who has many years experience of working with young people. I believe passionately that when programmes are put together for young people by the cultural sector that those doing the work should have at least four years experience of working with young people. I felt I that had the skills to make my placement successful and as a supporter of the Olympiad I felt this would be a great personal coup. Also to work with Keith Khan was an added bonus.

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerI go to Amsterdam to relax

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerA more diverse workforce within the cultural sector that reflects London and the UK.

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerLosing people I love.

QuestionWhat pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?

AnswerMake sure that you actively embrace diversity and equality as our society needs leaders who want to lead for all not just for the few.

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerNone of my pleasures are guilty.

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?


QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerWhen I was a Black Members Chair for UNISON I wrote a constitution. The challenges were trying to get the old guard to agree with me. I knew that new blood was needed as the old constitution only ensured that the status quo would continue. I had to Deal with the hustings, various meetings and conferences where I would have to network and put out constant briefings to members rank and file, and committee executives.

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerWhat I learnt, was members are always open to change. The people in power donít want that change as it means that they will have to meet more with the members to keep their position. And also that my brain is large.

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerLaying on a beach in Grand Cayman.

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerInside Babylon and Blood in my eye

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerThere are so many leaders you can pick Mandela, Obama and Bevin for example but these have been done to death even though great. I think Iíll choose Jackie Robinson the first African American Baseball player to make it in the majors in the late 40ís when he signed for the Dodgers. Iím choosing Robinson because he was the first and is honoured every year by the Major League. He opened the way for many great African American sports stars like Jim Brown, Hank Aaron and Gale Sayers.

QuestionWhere would you like to live?


Question Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?

AnswerI experienced many eureka momentsÖ An example of this would be I have an abundance of transferable skills gained through many years working with youth, social work and the cultural sector.

QuestionWhat is your favourite smell?

AnswerSouth Beach Miami at night

QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?

AnswerTo be invisible

QuestionHave you found your leadership development beneficial?

AnswerYes it gave me a deeper insight into how the corporate world operates in pulling together a major project.

QuestionFor what cause would you die?

AnswerMy family

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerMy son personally, professionally the first play I wrote ĎHair Piecesí being sold out after one night.

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?

AnswerToo many

QuestionWhat would your 'leadership' motto be?

AnswerFight for acceptance

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerCD player, family and friends, Waitrose, hammock and TV.

QuestionWhat is your favourite song?

AnswerPrince most beautiful girl in the world

QuestionWhat keeps you awake at night?


QuestionWhat is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

AnswerThereís always lessons to learn.

QuestionDo you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?

AnswerI would like to do more theatre based leadership and training. I miss working in the theatre and still believe that the arts are the best way of engaging apathy. So maybe more theatre skills leadership training would be my ideal training.


Carl Reid

Name: Carl Reid
Title: Young Inspectors and Youíre Welcome Project Officer
Organisation: Barking and Dagenham Council

The projects themselves involve young people visiting and inspecting services within their local authority to ensure that they are young person friendly accessible and welcoming. The young people then make recommendations on what improvements if any need to be made and they are inspected again six months later. The projects are government schemes that are run in conjunction with National Childrenís Bureau. The end product is to equip young people with the skills to not settle for second best whilst learning negotiation skills leading to self confidence building and accreditation. My role- To recruit, train, co-ordinate and manage the projects, network with various organisations both statutory and the voluntary to enable this to happen. There are many challenges within this role, but I relish the challenges.