Gavin Reid is Chief Executive of Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Born and educated in Edinburgh, he studied trumpet at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before pursuing a freelance career in performing and teaching. He was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata in 1989–2001 and was responsible for developing their extensive education and outreach programme between 1996–2002.
Reid was appointed General Manager of Manchester Camerata in 2002. In 2004, he became one of the first Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme and from 2006–2016 he was Director of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He served six years as a Director of the Association of British Orchestras and is currently a Governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.