The editor of the Lordsreform.org website is:

Dr Alex Reid
27 Millington Road
Cambridge CB3 9HW

Telephone: 01223 319733
Email: aalreid followed by @ followed by gmail.com


Please email us your views on the reform of the House of Lords, indicating whether you would be happy for your views to be published. Comments on the Evolution Option, and suggestions for ways in which it could be improved, are particularly welcome. 

About the editor

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in architecture at Trinity College Cambridge in 1962, Alex Reid served for five years in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot. He took his MSc and PhD at University College London, after which he joined British Telecom as Head of Long Range Studies and was later Chief Executive, Value Added Services. From 1983 to 1989 he was Chairman of Octagon Investment Management Ltd, a venture capital company specialising in the information technology sector.

In 1989 he returned to architecture as Chief Executive of DEGW, a London-based international architectural practice. During this time he was Chairman of Council at the Royal College of Art. From 1994 until his retirement in 2000 he was Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

He was then from 2003 to 2009 a Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Cambridgeshire. In 2010 he founded the Outlook Fund, a charitable endowment fund for the benefit of children in care in Cambridgeshire.

Alex Reid has long had an interest in questions of governance and management structure, of which the reform of the House of Lords is a particularly interesting example. 


The Lordsreform.org website aims to inform public debate on changes proposed to the House of Lords in the 2011 White Paper. To focus discussion, it proposes some key changes to the Draft Bill regarding part-time Peers, size of House, and indirect elections. The website is edited by Dr Alex Reid.


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