Lord Reid was an elected MP for 23 years, almost half of which he served as a Government minister. His portfolio of posts includes Minister of Defence (1997/98); Minister for Transport (1998/99); Secretary of State for Scotland (1999/2001); Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2001/02): Party Chair and Minister without Portfolio (2002/03); Leader of House of Commons (2003); Secretary of State for Health (2003/05); Secretary of State for Defence (2005/06); Home Secretary (2006/07).

He now serves in Parliament as a Member of the House of Lords. John Reid is the most experienced Cabinet minister of modern times, having held more ministerial posts at Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history. In range of portfolios, and in breadth and intensity of change management across departments, his experience is unparalleled. In particular he has served in leadership across a range of security-related portfolios in the UK Government including Home Secretary, Defence Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary, Minister for Transport and Armed Forces Minister. Following almost quarter of a century as a Member of Parliament, in 2010 he was elevated to membership of the House of Lords, the Upper Chamber of the UK Parliament. He is an Hon. Professor and Chair of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London; a Principal at the Chertoff Group; Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security; Director of John Reid Advisory and a Senior Advisor to the Private sector on Security related matters. His many awards include an Hon. Doctorate from Stirling University for his outstanding contribution to Public Affairs (2009): Politician of the Year (Spectator, 2006); Minister to Watch (2005); Peace Person of the Year, Northern Ireland (2002) and Best Scot at Westminster (2001).