Paul Reed (GB)
As Chief Executive of AIF, Paul is responsible for leading the UK’s leading festival representative body. The combined capacities of AIF’s 65-member festivals are over 785,000, contributing over £200m to the UK economy annually.
Paul manages day-to-day operations alongside implementing strategic development and growth, also overseeing partnerships, events, communications, membership development and programming Festival Congress, AIF’s annual flagship conference and awards event.
In addition, Paul oversees all AIF campaigns, such as last year’s ‘Drastic on Plastic’ campaign which saw all members commit to completely eliminating single-use plastic from their sites in a three year time period.
With over 15 years of experience in the field, Paul has an extensive background in the live music industry having started as an independent promoter alongside working at festivals such as Secret Garden Party.
Paul was previously Head of Operations at classical music center The Conservatoire and Operations Manager at The Event Umbrella, managing the office and events team for a specialist event company contracted to produce all festivals and events across the London Borough of Ealing, the third-largest Borough in London.