Andy Reed was the Labour and Co-operative MP for Loughborough between 1997 and 2010 he is now the Director of SajeImpact Ltd, a strategy and communications consultancy to a variety of sports bodies, NGBs, social enterprises and charities.
After receiving his Honours Degree in Public Administration from DeMontfort University in 1987 Andy started working for Keith Vaz MP, before taking up a post at Leicester City Council Chief Executives’ Department, as part of the Urban Programme Team, from there on to the following 10 years Andy served as Project Officer for different departments. In 1994, Andy was appointed European Officer for the County Council; and in May 1997 he became Labour & Co-operative MP for Loughborough, seat he hold until May 2010.
As MP for Loughborough, Andy served different posts; he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to DCMS in 1998, and then became PPS for The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2005 Andy was appointed to PPS to the Paymaster General in the Treasury. He chaired the Parliamentary Sports Caucus and served on various All Party Groups as an officer.
Throughout his life, Andy as shown a strong interest in sport. He has played rugby practically all his life, and he still plays for Birstall RFC – where he is also now President of the Club. He is the longest serving playing member of the club (1986-2010).
In parliament Andy mainly played Rugby for the Commons & Lords RUFC, but also played football, hockey, cricket, tennis and captained the swimming team. He runs and plays tennis socially.
Andy first got involved with Special Olympics Great Britain in 2008 when he was appointed Board Member of the Special Olympics National Summer Games celebrated in Leicester in July 2009. Andy joined the Board of Special Olympics GB in December 2010.
In June 2012, Andy received an OBE award at the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to the community and to sport in Leicestershire.
Andy lives in Quorn with his wife Sarah and two children James and Emily