Gain practical international trade insights you can use the next day

Whether you're a IOE&IT member or yet to become one, MemberCon24 is the essential event to discover practical international trade insights.

Whether you need to gain supply chain efficiencies, navigate regulations or increase international trade, attending MemberCon24 will be a hugely important date in your diary. 

And the really great thing about MemberCon24? It's face-to-face. So zone out from Zoom, get time out from Teams, and meet your peers and make valuable connections in-person.

Discover the full agenda and event details and secure your place as there are a limited amount of tickets

See you at MemberCon24 for:

Trends - We'll tackle the big trade issues impacting your business

Expertise - Listen to engaging panels hosted by industry trade leaders

Networking - Meet over a hundred and fifty professionals in person

Are you an IOE&IT member? Enjoy discounted tickets.

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Meet with IOE&IT members and other fellow international trade professionals

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Connect with global trade thought leaders and decision-makers

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Gain practical expertise on regulation compliance and supply chain efficiencies


Equipping you with the knowledge, expertise and tools to trade effectively across borders.


Enjoy a full day of industry panels, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. Make new connections over the lunch provided, with refreshments throughout the day.


Check back here soon for more details about our engaging agenda and thought-provoking speakers.

Our speakers - many more to be announced soon!

Marco Forgione

Director General
The Institute of Export & International Trade

An organisational development specialist, Marco has a proven track record leading B2B trade bodies through periods of regulatory and market change.

Marco was appointed director general of the IOE&IT in January 2020, leading the charity forward through training and education. The Institute has gone from strength-to-strength under Marco’s leadership, including significantly increasing its work overseas and in developing nations.

Milestones include the IOE&IT’s success as part of the consortium that in September 2020, won the contract to provide HMRC’s post-EU exit border programme, the Trader Support Service (TSS), to ensure the continuing flow of goods between Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Parliamentary role
After graduating from LSE with a degree in geography, Marco took a parliamentary role within the Department of Environment & Urban Affairs.

Kevin Shakespeare

Director of Strategic Projects and International Development
The Institute of Export & International Trade

An advocate for international trade for more than 40 years, Kevin 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 IOE&IT’s trade digitalisation work, with a focus on the UK Single Trade Window and Ecosystem of Trust.

Formerly the IOE&IT’s director of stakeholder engagement and then Academy Director, Kevin 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).

Kevin 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 United Nations-approved trainer and author of a best-selling book, Trade for Good.


Date: Thursday 4th July 2024

Time: 9:00 am BST – 5.00pm pm BST

Location: Aspire Leeds, 2 Infirmary Street Leeds LS1 2JP

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  • £75 + VAT


  • £175 + VAT

Need somewhere to stay? 

When attending MemberCon you can enjoy a preferential rate for a limited number of rooms at the Novotel Leeds City Centre, only a 5-minute walk from the Aspire building. 

3 July 2024 @ £149.00 per room per night, Single Occupancy B&B
4 July 2024 @ £119.00 per room per night, Single Occupancy B&B

To book a room, please email no later than 12th June 2024, by quoting a reference: EXPORT in the email. 

Novotel Leeds

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People should definitely come along to MemberCon. It’s a great opportunity for networking and to learn from everyone’s experiences.

Katie Birrell, Head of International Sales, Nairn's Oatcakes



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