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Executive committee

Meet the executive committee

The Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade executive committee is responsible for strategic planning and operation of the Chartered Institute - setting its priorities and allocating resources.

A team of nine directors led by director general Marco Forgione directs the Chartered Institute's activities, having worked across various disciplines and vertical sectors including government, retail, FMCG, telecoms, aviation, media, financial services and trade associations.

The directors bring diverse perspectives and insights to the Chartered Institute as a global membership body and trusted interlocutor between the international trade community and its stakeholders.

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Marco Forgione MCIEx

Director general

As director general of the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade since January 2020, Marco Forgione MCIEx has become a leading authority and commentator on global trade, empowering businesses to grow internationally through educational programmes and digital trade solutions.

He is a key intermediator between governments and businesses domestically and overseas, sitting on the Critical Imports Council in the UK and on the multilateral B20 Taskforce for Trade and Investment. He is a visiting professor at Aston University and regularly comments on trade and supply chain matters in the international media, including the BBC, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg, among others.

Under his leadership, the Chartered Institute has grown from a team of 12 to now over 170 trade and customs experts, seeing membership grow from 2,000 to 7,000, culminating in the organisation being awarded a Royal Charter in 2024. The charity has become a trusted partner to the UK government in the delivery of trade facilitation solutions such as the Trader Support Service (TSS). This digital portal has enabled the continuation of goods movements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the Windsor Framework.

Forgione is also a passionate advocate for trade as a force for good in the world, regularly commenting in the media that it is a driver of economic prosperity and that it can serve to bring communities closer together. He has led the Chartered Institute into partnerships with the World Trade Organization and International Trade Centre that have built trade capacity among MSMEs and female entrepreneurs. He also entered the organisation into the TLIP Institute – a global collaboration to develop a new digital infrastructure for trade – alongside the World Economic Forum, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the IOTA Foundation, TradeMark Africa and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

Before the Chartered Institute, Forgione led trade bodies in the arts, antiques and creative sectors, navigating the British Antiques Dealers’ Association through digital transformation between 2015 and 2020, and leading creative bodies EVCOM and the International Visual Communication Association between 2008 and 2015. He also previously had director level roles at Canterbury College and the Landscape Institute.

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Chief operating officer

Mark Gordon joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade in January 2024, bringing extensive experience in corporate financial affairs and commercial management. Gordon leads the finance team, which is responsible for all financial reporting, treasury and control across all elements of the charity.

Prior to joining the Chartered Institute, Gordon worked in professional services and information technology companies in finance and commercial directorship roles. 

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Chris McCann

Interim chief technology officer

As director general of the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade since January 2020, Marco Forgione MCIEx has become a leading authority and commentator on global trade, empowering businesses to grow internationally through educational programmes and digital trade solutions.

He is a key intermediator between governments and businesses domestically and overseas, sitting on the Critical Imports Council in the UK and on the multilateral B20 Taskforce for Trade and Investment. He is a visiting professor at Aston University and regularly comments on trade and supply chain matters in the international media, including the BBC, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg, among others.

Under his leadership, the Chartered Institute has grown from a team of 12 to now over 170 trade and customs experts, seeing membership grow from 2,000 to 7,000, culminating in the organisation being awarded a Royal Charter in 2024. The charity has become a trusted partner to the UK government in the delivery of trade facilitation solutions such as the Trader Support Service (TSS). This digital portal has enabled the continuation of goods movements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the Windsor Framework.

Forgione is also a passionate advocate for trade as a force for good in the world, regularly commenting in the media that it is a driver of economic prosperity and that it can serve to bring communities closer together. He has led the Chartered Institute into partnerships with the World Trade Organization and International Trade Centre that have built trade capacity among MSMEs and female entrepreneurs. He also entered the organisation into the TLIP Institute – a global collaboration to develop a new digital infrastructure for trade – alongside the World Economic Forum, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the IOTA Foundation, TradeMark Africa and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

Before the Chartered Institute, Forgione led trade bodies in the arts, antiques and creative sectors, navigating the British Antiques Dealers’ Association through digital transformation between 2015 and 2020, and leading creative bodies EVCOM and the International Visual Communication Association between 2008 and 2015. He also previously had director level roles at Canterbury College and the Landscape Institute.

Mark Gordon joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade in January 2024, bringing extensive experience in corporate financial affairs and commercial management. Gordon leads the finance team, which is responsible for all financial reporting, treasury and control across all elements of the charity.

Prior to joining the Chartered Institute, Gordon worked in professional services and information technology companies in finance and commercial directorship roles. 

Kelly Rawles

Kelly Shaw MCIEx

Director of people and compliance

A skilled, results-driven senior management professional with 11-plus years’ experience in commercial management, Kelly has a strong track record in leading operations, driving productivity and profitability while delivering superior results.

Kelly is playing a lead role in the transformation of the Chartered Institute, where she has managed the organisation’s expansion from 15 team members to more than 150. This includes recruiting one of the UK’s largest talent pools of trade and customs specialists.

Together with director general Marco Forgione, Kelly is steering the Chartered Institute as the leading organisation in the promotion of international trade worldwide through education, training and business support services.

A former team leader at BNP Paribas, Kelly has led complex projects and directed operations that improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams MCIEx

Director of sales & marketing

Adrian Williams joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade in June 2023, to lead as director of sales & marketing.

Williams has had an extensive career in sales and marketing within a B2B environment, driving products, solutions and services to SME, enterprise and public sector organisations, with IT, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.

Over his 20+ years in senior management roles, he has worked for large brands including, Microsoft, Nokia, T-Mobile & Orange. 

Chris Martin

Chris Martin MCIEx

Director of external affairs

Chris Martin joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade as director of external affairs in January 2023, bringing two decades of experience in corporate communications and public affairs. He leads a department responsible for corporate reputation, government relations and public affairs, policy and international engagement, and our offices in Brussels and Kenya.

Prior to joining the Chartered Institute, Martin worked in communications consultancy for global agencies including Ketchum, Hume Brophy and Bell Pottinger, advising clients ranging from multinational corporations and FTSE 100 companies to trade associations and NGOs. 

A skilled, results-driven senior management professional with 11-plus years’ experience in commercial management, Kelly has a strong track record in leading operations, driving productivity and profitability while delivering superior results.

Kelly is playing a lead role in the transformation of the Chartered Institute, where she has managed the organisation’s expansion from 15 team members to more than 150. This includes recruiting one of the UK’s largest talent pools of trade and customs specialists.

Together with director general Marco Forgione, Kelly is steering the Chartered Institute as the leading organisation in the promotion of international trade worldwide through education, training and business support services.

A former team leader at BNP Paribas, Kelly has led complex projects and directed operations that improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.

Adrian Williams joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade in June 2023, to lead as director of sales & marketing.

Williams has had an extensive career in sales and marketing within a B2B environment, driving products, solutions and services to SME, enterprise and public sector organisations, with IT, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.

Over his 20+ years in senior management roles, he has worked for large brands including, Microsoft, Nokia, T-Mobile & Orange. 

Chris Martin joined the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade as director of external affairs in January 2023, bringing two decades of experience in corporate communications and public affairs. He leads a department responsible for corporate reputation, government relations and public affairs, policy and international engagement, and our offices in Brussels and Kenya.

Prior to joining the Chartered Institute, Martin worked in communications consultancy for global agencies including Ketchum, Hume Brophy and Bell Pottinger, advising clients ranging from multinational corporations and FTSE 100 companies to trade associations and NGOs. 

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Vicky Goddard MCIEx

Key stakeholder and partnerships director

As academy director of the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade, Vicky Goddard leads a team of 30+ customs and trade consultants designing and delivering training, qualifications, consultancy services and apprenticeships.

Goddard is an accredited customs and trade specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working for large supply chain and automotive firms.  At Jaguar Land Rover, she was part of the Brexit preparation team, upskilling team members and preparing logistics partners to ensure minimal impact resulting from Brexit and ensuring least disruption possible in the transition.

An accredited customs professional, having completed a business management degree with honours through Coventry University and the diploma in world customs compliance & regulations with the Chartered Institute, Goddard specialises in customs compliance using her knowledge to provide the right service and products for businesses including helping them to implement the regulations to ensure best practice across supply chains. 

Kevin Shakespeare

Kevin Shakespeare FCIEx

Advisory services director

An advocate for international trade for more than 40 years, Kevin Shakespeare is highly respected within the international trade community. He has facilitated cross-border trade for thousands of UK businesses and been pivotal in designing and delivering new documentation and processes pre- and post-Brexit.

He is currently leading the Chartered Institute for Export & International Trade's digitalisation work, with a focus on the UK Single Trade Window and Ecosystem of Trust.

Formerly the Chartered Institute's director of stakeholder engagement and then academy director, Shakespeare was involved in developing the diploma in world customs planning and compliance, a foundation degree in international trade and the Northern Ireland Customs and Trade Academy (NICTA).

Shakespeare has led many trade initiatives in the UK and internationally, including work with Invest NI, Scottish Enterprise, UK Export Finance and Saudi Export Development Authority.

He is a UN-approved trainer and author of a best-selling book, Trade for Good.

Daniela

Daniela Turiccki MCIEx

Interim academy director

As academy director of the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade, Vicky Goddard leads a team of 30+ customs and trade consultants designing and delivering training, qualifications, consultancy services and apprenticeships.

Goddard is an accredited customs and trade specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working for large supply chain and automotive firms.  At Jaguar Land Rover, she was part of the Brexit preparation team, upskilling team members and preparing logistics partners to ensure minimal impact resulting from Brexit and ensuring least disruption possible in the transition.

An accredited customs professional, having completed a business management degree with honours through Coventry University and the diploma in world customs compliance & regulations with the Chartered Institute, Goddard specialises in customs compliance using her knowledge to provide the right service and products for businesses including helping them to implement the regulations to ensure best practice across supply chains. 

An advocate for international trade for more than 40 years, Kevin Shakespeare is highly respected within the international trade community. He has facilitated cross-border trade for thousands of UK businesses and been pivotal in designing and delivering new documentation and processes pre- and post-Brexit.

He is currently leading the Chartered Institute for Export & International Trade's digitalisation work, with a focus on the UK Single Trade Window and Ecosystem of Trust.

Formerly the Chartered Institute's director of stakeholder engagement and then academy director, Shakespeare was involved in developing the diploma in world customs planning and compliance, a foundation degree in international trade and the Northern Ireland Customs and Trade Academy (NICTA).

Shakespeare has led many trade initiatives in the UK and internationally, including work with Invest NI, Scottish Enterprise, UK Export Finance and Saudi Export Development Authority.

He is a UN-approved trainer and author of a best-selling book, Trade for Good.

Oxana

Oxana Borta MSc

Senior adviser to director general