Spotlight on Jonathan Reed

Managing Director, Paddy & Scott’s Coffee

Back in 2017, Jonathan Reed found himself on the corporate treadmill, commuting in and out of London, travelling for six hours each day. He was working in tech and openly admits he was not prioritising his health.

Published on Suffolk Director magazine, Winter 2021|22
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About Jonathan

Almost overnight, he decided to make a change and become a better role model to his kids. So, he gave up the London lifestyle, lost 11 stone in weight in 12 months, and joined Paddy & Scott’s Coffee as Managing Director.


Describe yourself in three words? Energetic, disruptive, self-aware (technically four words, which highlight’s that I’m not very compliant).

What was your first job? Washing dishes in a hotel.

What frustrates you? People that don’t reach their potential.

How do you spend your leisure time? On the move. I play tennis, football and enjoy walking along the East Anglia coast with my wife and kids.

What’s your favourite television programme? I’m fascinated by how ‘television’ is now such a thing of the past. I genuinely don’t watch TV. I also dislike going to the movies. I get bored easily and can’t sit still for long enough.

What’s your favourite food? Anything with salted caramel.

What food do you hate? Calamari.

What is your biggest weakness? People…I always seek to bring the best out in people.

Where are you happiest? Visiting our coffee farm and local community in Kenya. I’m so proud that we are genuinely changing lives for coffee farmers around the world. Visiting the Ruiga Primary School and seeing the kids flourishing, is a privilege and responsibility I take very seriously.

What was the first record you bought? I’m embarrassed to confess it was a duet by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Next question!

At school, what were you good at? Creative writing and being goalkeeper in the hockey team (I found it exhilarating, having people whack a ball at me).

What one material thing could you not do without? I’m sorry to say my mobile.

You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? Based on the above, probably a mobile telephone.

What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? Not Kylie Minogue or Jason Donovan.

How many attempts before you passed your driving test? Two. I remember NOT driving in a bus lane and subsequently failing my first test. Even though I was only 17, let’s just say I didn’t take it lying down!

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