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The Board

The Board of Trustee Directors

Ian Taylor FIEx - Chair

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor is CFO of Quortus Limited, a software company supplying advanced technology to mobile telecoms operators and governments worldwide. Over 90% is exported, building on the strategic importance of a global customer base. Ian has the goal of encouraging all companies to become export focussed in a structured manner and especially for start-ups and smaller companies to embrace a global focus as part of their DNA.

Also chairman of three property companies acquiring, developing and commercialising accommodation for students and young professionals in city centre locations.

Passionate for creatively growing businesses through international trade and enabling organisations achieve their potential. Married & lives in Ascot.

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Craig Pattinson MIEx - Vice Chair

Craig Pattinson

Craig leads HSBC's Corporate Banking team for the City of London.

Craig has worked for HSBC in numerous markets including Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Throughout his career Craig has worked with clients to provide Trade Finance solutions and help structure supply chains. It is in this regard that Craig is committed to help the Institute in its work to grow UK exports. Craig is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

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Robert Keller - Hon. Treasurer

Robert Keller

Rob’s career in banking and finance has spanned over thirty-five years in diverse positions with four of the largest global financial institutions and a Fortune 50 multinational corporation. In recent years, he as held senior positions in trade finance product management and sales as well as in relationship management with RBS and its legacy bank ABN AMRO in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. During his banking career he also held a wide variety of roles in the UK, and the US with American Express Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank where he was credit trained. He has demonstrated ability in risk management and development of business strategy, products and propositions. Rob is also an articulate presenter and internal/external thought leader. His professional interests include education and professional development in the field of Trade and Export Finance.

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Nicola Bolton MIEx


A high energy leader, I’ve worked internationally for most of my 30-year career in the private and public sectors.  

Previously as Managing Director for Trade at UK Trade & Investment, I was instrumental in increasing government support to business, from micros to large corporates, to build capability and skills for exporting. I have a background in advanced manufacturing, corporate strategy, digital transformation of businesses and operational delivery, with a track record of starting up business units and turning round underperforming operations.
Before joining the civil service in 2007, where I’ve also been a senior civil servant in the Home Office and the Cabinet Office, I spent most of my career at IBM. I was the chief operating officer for IBM’s sales business for the media, energy, telecoms and utilities sectors across Europe, Middle East and Africa before taking on the role of Government Industry Executive Director in 2003. I also spent two years at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard in Ireland.

A consistent theme in my career has been to build partnerships which empower parties to innovate and deliver step changes in quality of business performance, and accelerate attainment of goals. I am keen to ensure that the IOE stays centre stage in the government’s mind, and that we use our position to underline the importance of world trade to business and economic success in the UK.

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David Earp DipM MCIM MIEx (CPD)

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Prior to joining UK Trade & Investment 19 years ago, David ran his own business delivering strategic business and international marketing consultancy to large corporations. As a senior executive within a diverse range of global industrial and consumer businesses, David’s business background covers alcoholic beverages, design engineering, reprographics, communications technology, industrial electronics, film and paper surface coating and chemicals.

During his time with UKTI, David is accredited with developing UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme for the East of England, which has been adopted nationally and for the original Gateway to Global Growth programme model. David is now the country champion for India to where he has lead a number of trade missions.

David is a Chartered Marketer and Trustee Director of the Institute of Export, a Diploma in Management, and Masters in International Marketing. He studied Inter-Cultural Management at Cambridge University and, since 1995, lectured at Cambridge Marketing College. He speaks French, German and Italian.

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Doug Fermie FIEx


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Alexander Gullis MBE, MIEx (Grad)

Sandy Gullis

Sandy Gullis MBE is the Distribution Manager for Essentra Components Ltd and is responsible for the distribution of goods on a Global basis with an emphasises on the European market. Sandy spent 25 years in the Army as a logistician working in many countries dealing with the import and export of military equipment. Since leaving the military Sandy has been involved in Food Distribution, Motor Manufacturing, Commercial Support to Military Operations, Third Party Logistics and his current role. Sandy has a personal commitment in assisting organisations of not only improving their export growth but ensuring it is done in a compliant and structured manner.

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Jenny Hooper MIEx

Jenny Hooper

Jenny Hooper is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Independent Freight Solutions Ltd, an international supplier of Freight Services.

Our core services are Air, Sea and Road, customs issues, special Documentation and advice and consultancy.

Jenny received the 2015 Every Women in Transport and Logistics Leader of Year Award for her commitment to the strategic direction of her freight business

Jenny has grown her own business over the last 12 years and employees 10 staff. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in logistics and 12 years’ experience of running a successful business.

We always try to understand our customers need in order to make them remarkably different, so they in turn continue to meet and exceed their own customers’ expectations

As a small business ourselves Jenny and her team understand the issues SME’s face in running a business and hitting their international business goals

Jenny is committed to helping the UK achieve its exporting targets and encourage and inspire all businesses to grow and continue their International ambitions whether import or export.

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Marcel Landau FIEx (Grad)


Born in London in 1947 and educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree.  After leaving school in 1965,  I initially spent 6 years at Dunbee Export Sales Ltd, learning the basics of Export and International Trading,  eventually becoming Export Sales Executive at Rimmel Ltd and latterly Export Sales Manager at Ben Sherman Ltd

Started my own Packaging Manufacturing business (Marland Ltd) in 1971, which grew into a large International enterprise employing around 100 people in South Lincolnshire.  In the early part of the 2000’s we set up our own Subsidiary Company in Germany with both manufacturing and distribution facilities which looked after our European interests.   The business was sold in 2006, following which I started an Import/Export Agency/Trading business (LSM) in 2009, which still trades very actively.

Joined the IOE as a Student Member in 1965, and was elected to Council and then onto the Board in the early 1990’s, eventually becoming Vice Chairman of the Institute.   Resigned in 2006, but in 2011 rejoined Council and then in 2014, rejoined the Board.  Was awarded a Fellowship in 2006.

Outside my own business, I also served as a Non Executive Director of Business Link Lincolnshire and Rutland from 2002 until 2006, and also spent a 15 year period associated with Cranfield School of Management on their Business Growth Programme for Owner Managers until the end of 2013.   I currently sit on the Manufacturer’s Forum within the BOSS Federation and have served as a Judge at their Annual Industry Performance Awards for the last 5 years.

Admitted as a Freeman of the City of London in 2014 as a Member of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

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David Maisey MIEx

David Maisey

Dave Maisey is the CEO and Co-Founder of ICC Solutions Limited, a global leader in the provision of innovative test tools for Chip & PIN. Dave has been heavily involved in international trade for 20 years and his company exports to 63 countries. Recently, ICC Solutions received the high accolade of being awarded their second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. This is the company’s third Queen’s Award overall having also won one in the Innovation category. This reflects Dave’s commitment in delivering excellence to the company’s international client base and implementing efficient and comprehensive export practises. Dave also has a firm objective to help enhance British exporting and to inspire others to investigate the growth opportunities offered by international trade. Working closely with the Institute of Export, Dave is looking forward to engaging in new export related initiatives.

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Maria Malinowska MIEx (Grad)

Maria's international trade skills have been developed over 35 years and include:

Management experience: she led client-facing international trade teams at UK and international banks: Barclays, Crédit Agricole and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC),

Experience of high-level commercial negotiations with corporates and banks internationally including in North and Central America, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa,

35 years of experience supporting UK exports including capital plant exports, aircraft finance, project finance and supply chain finance,

Maria was an underwriter for South American markets at UK Export Finance (formerly ECGD) and subsequently worked alongside UKEF and the Department for International Trade to support UK exports.

A broad experience across diverse industry sectors both private and public sector including, capital plant manufacturing, new Airbus and Boeing aircraft production and defense equipment manufacturing, telecoms, oil and gas, food production and the education sector.

In addition, Maria completed my Masters degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management online in 2013, Through the University of Liverpool and their partner Laureate Online, she has gained a first-hand understanding of both the online student experience and also the extended reach of eLearning.

T Glyndwr Powell, BA FCICM FIEx

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Glyn has been involved in sales financing and international trade for over 40 years, working for companies such as Xerox, Diageo, Phillips and GATX. He is currently Head of Risk at Merchants Transaction Finance. Glyn has established local and cross border leasing companies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, stock finance facilities in Africa and western Europe, and recently acted as Head of Risk and Operations Director at Trade Finance Partners. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management and of the Institute of Export, where he is a Trustee Director and previously Honorary Treasurer. He was also a Trustee of the Institute of Credit Management and is a member of its Technical Committee, handling risk and international trade issues. He has extensive experience in credit management and risk mitigation, and has contributed to a number of books on the subject.

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Sean Ramsden MIEx

Sean Ramsden is the founder and Chief Executive of wholesale food exporter Ramsden International distributing over 23,000 British branded-food and drink products to 133+ countries across five continents. In addition to overseeing the business activities of Ramsden International Sean also holds a number of advisory and non-executive positions within the food industry, including membership of the DEFRA Agri-Food and Drink Export Forum, Non-Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and a Trustee of Borough Market.

Over the last 23 years, Sean has led Ramsden International to win numerous awards, including three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade.  Sean is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and a graduate by Executive Education of  Harvard Business School and Stanford Business School. He has received several personal awards for entrepreneurship, including twice finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Richard Smith-Morgan MIEx

Richard is currently Head Risk at UK Export Finance having previously run the Government’s Trade Finance & Insurance Business. 

Prior to UKEF, Richard worked in London, Paris and New York with Credit Suisse, Moody’s and GE Capital focussing in particular on SME & Structured Trade Finance transactions. He is committed to helping the Government drive export volumes and is leading a project to automate the provision of working capital and bonding facilities.

Richard graduated from Durham University and is a Non Executive Director of Arkus Financial Services, a small risk management software company based in Luxembourg.

Paul Toben MIEx


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Sue Wright FIEx (Grad)

Sue Wright

Sue Wright began her shipping career in 1989 in an engineering company in Nottingham, shipping industrial weighing machines and parts worldwide. Such was her passion for the industry and subject that she went on to study through the Institute of Export qualifications and in 2000 qualified at Diploma level. With this achievement she was offered a position as Shipping Manager in an engineering and manufacturing company who exported entire projects worldwide. This included cross trade and imports. Armed with a wealth of experience and knowledge, in 2010 she set up her own business offering training courses and managing shipping departments for small businesses.

In 2015 she was awarded a Fellowship of the IOE for her outstanding contribution to the organisation.

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*Director General - Lesley Batchelor OBE, FIEx (Grad)

Lesley Batchelor Photo August 2016

Lesley Batchelor is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses.

Appointed director general of the Institute of Export (IOE), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business for over 80 years, Lesley is also CEO of Open to Export - a collaborative CIC supported by FSB, UKTI, HSBC & the IOE which comprises a digital platform for new and inexperienced exporters.

Active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group, Lesley has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs and is often a leading light in thought leadership issues on international trade.

After 15 years working with blue-chip giants including Fujitsu Europe, Canon, Ciba-Geigy and Coca-Cola, Lesley set up CMC Marketing in 1992 to develop inspirational overseas strategies and international training programmes for SMEs. In 2007 she joined the IOE where she has forged influential partnerships with many national and international associations.

A graduate of the Institute of Export qualifications and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Lesley has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing. Awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List, Lesley was named as the CBI/Real Business First Woman in Business Services for 2015 and voted CEO of the year for the Trade Association Congress 2015

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*Chair of Academic Board - John Robinson MBA MSc DipM FIEx (Grad)

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John retired from a senior post in a NATO headquarters after a successful career in the RAF and merged second careers in both international trade and higher level teaching at a number of East Midlands colleges and universities where he taught all the Institute’s qualifications.  As the Education Secretary of the East Midlands branch John was appointed to the Professional Qualifications and Examinations Board of the Institute on its inception.  After a brief role as vice-chairman, he took on the role of Chairman of the renamed Academic Board in 2007 and has been at the head of all recent educational developments, including the Foundation degree.  He was elected a Fellow in 2011.

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*The Director General / Chair of Academic Board / Chair of Professional Standards also attend board meetings as appropriate.