Gain practical international trade insights you can use the next day

Whether you're an 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.

8.30 Reception and networking  
9.30 Introduction to MemberCon and keynote speech

  • Introduced by Will Barnes-Graham, Executive editor, IOE&IT
10.10 Panel assembles   
10.15 Keynote panel: ‘How international trade benefits UK regions’

  • Chaired by Paul Brooks, Head of UK Nations & Regions Team, IOE&IT 
  • Liz Ward, Principal, Virtuoso Legal
  • Victoria Boldison, Founder and CEO, Bolst Global
10.45 Networking break (30 minutes)  Networking break (30 minutes) 
11.15 Panel: ‘How to protect your supply chain during a new era of change and risk’ 

  • Chaired by Daniela Turiccki, Academy Deputy Director, IOE&IT
  • David Rutter, Strategy and Policy Lead, Economic Security and Supply Chain Resilience
  • Adnan Zaheer, CEO,
  • Rachel Jones, Founder, SnapDragon Monitoring
Live food and drink special interest group (SIG): 'Making the most of export opportunities in the food and drink sector’

  • Andy Bridges, Trade and Customs Specialist, IOE&IT


11.50 Switch over between rooms  Switch over between rooms 
12.00 Fireside chat:  ‘Staying on top of rapidly changing trade regulations’ 

  • Kevin Shakespeare, Director of Strategic Projects and International Development, IOE&IT
  • Anna Doherty, Senior Trade and Customs Specialist, IOE&IT
Live manufacturing SIG event: 'International opportunities in advanced manufacturing’

  • Chaired by Paul Brooks, Head of UK Nations & Regions Team, IOE&IT
12:30 Lunch break (60 minutes) Lunch break (60 minutes)
13.30 Interactive roundtables:
‘What support is needed to access new markets’

  • Roundtable topic: Trade finance
  • Roundtable topic 2: Local support 
Interactive roundtables:

  • Roundtable topic 3: In-market support
  • Roundtables topic 4: Government support 
14.15 Networking break (30 minutes)  Networking break (30 minutes) 
14.45 Panel: ‘How we grew our business through international trade’

  • Chaired by Grace Thompson, UK Public Affairs Lead, IOE&IT
  • Sean Ramsden, CEO, Ramsden International
Live export control SIG event:, ‘Know your products – understanding dual-use goods’ 

  • Chaired by Daniela Turiccki, Academy Deputy Director, IOE&IT
  • Duncan Adams, Deputy Director, LITE and Continuous Improvement, Department for Business and Trade
  • Samantha Hodgkins, Customs Consultant, IOE&IT
15.20 Inspiring fireside chat: 
‘Logistics leaders: Why expertise and clear communication matter in supply chains’ 
16.00 Director general’s closing comments  
16.15 Drinks reception   


Our speakers - more to be announced soon!

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Duncan Adams

Deputy Director
LITE and Continuous Improvement, Department for Business and Trade

Duncan is a Deputy Director within the Export Control and Sanctions Directorate, of the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). Duncan leads on DBT's implementation of the new export control licensing system, as well as continuous improvement.

Duncan has spent 20 years working in trade and exports, specialising in strategy development and programme delivery. Duncan led the in-housing of the International Trade Adviser Service, delivered the £40m DIT Internationalisation Fund - which supported thousands of small businesses to increase their capability to export - and has also worked providing on-the-ground advice to businesses looking to export to Asia. Duncan loves working with brilliant colleagues across government to design and deliver services that meet the needs of users.

William Barns Graham

Will Barns-Graham

Executive editor
The Institute of Export & International Trade

Will Barns-Graham is the executive editor at the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) and the organisation’s lead for editorial content.  

Since joining IOE&IT in 2017, he has created the industry’s leading webinar programme, hosting several hundred sessions on all aspects of international trade. He has also been the lead writer and editor on the IOE&IT Daily Update news bulletin, lead editor on the IOE&IT’s World Trade Matters journal and produced multiple IOE&IT events. 

Will has also been the lead content contributor on several collaborative projects with governments and business organisations in the UK and overseas. This includes the Open to Export International Business Awards which he managed in 2018, which resulted in IOE&IT being named a Small Business Champion by the World Trade Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce.  

He is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, having gained a distinction on the Press Association’s Level 3 Diploma. He has also gained an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS and a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford. 

Victoria Boldison

Victoria Boldison MA, Chartered Marketer MCIM, MBA, MIEX 

Bolst Global

Victoria is a multi-award-winning Chartered Marketer and has worked internationally for all of her career within start up, SME and large corporation environments marketing and selling food, drinks, supplements and medical devices around the world.

Multilingual with an MA Hons from the University of Oxford (French, Spanish and Portuguese) ,an executive MBA from Leeds Business School and more recently with a Diploma in International Trade from the Institute of Export, Victoria now runs Bolst Global: an international trade consultancy and provider supporting businesses operating in global health and wellness food, drink and supplement sectors.  

Her vision and passion with Bolst Global is to help as many ambitious and internationally oriented brands and manufacturers in this space to grow overseas. Both for existing exporters and those new to export, Victoria strives to provide clients with the practical tools, knowledge and connections to make global growth a reality.  

Likewise for retailers and distributors around the world, Bolst Global also provides support on up-to- date health and wellness market trends, sourcing of innovative and sought-after brands/products and importation assistance. 

Victoria is also a regular speaker, contributor and trainer at export related events, communities and workshops both in the UK and overseas for private and public governmental organisations.  

In her free time and when not travelling around the world for business or leisure Victoria spends most of it either strength training, swinging heavy kettle bells in the gym or socialising with her friends and family.  

Andy Bridges

Andy Bridges

Trade and Customs Specialist
The Institute of Export & International Trade

Andy has over 30 years’ experience in Warehouse, Logistics, Supply Chain and Customs procedures and processes, previously working for aerospace and defence companies in the UK and representing those companies in overseas environments.

Andy’s career started in Stock Control and Stores Administration and this led to roles in Distribution and Logistics Management.

Andy then moved into the auto spares supply, particularly in overseas imports to the UK from Mexico, Germany, Italy, Spain Taiwan , China and India.

He has now moved into a more technical role within the IoE where he presents online content to third party customers and also spends considerable time assisting companies with Customs procedures and customs conformity health checks.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Full member of the Institute of Export and International trade. FCMI & MIEx.

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks

Head of UK Nations & Regions Team / UK Manufacturing Sector Lead / Chair of the ECT-C’s Financial Services Working Group
The Institute of Export & International Trade

Paul joined the IOE&IT in May 2022 to build its profile and brand in Wales. In early 2023 he has successfully launched IOE&IT Cymru and is working with key stakeholders to provide support to Welsh SMEs looking to trade internationally.

He sits on Welsh Government’s Trade Policy Advisor Group (TPAG) and is a member of the Wales Business Council.

From June 2023 Paul’s brief has widened to include the other devolved nations of the UK and regions wit England. Paul is now recruiting a team of national and regional leads to build the profile and brand of the IOE&IT.

Since November 2023, Paul is also Chair of the E-Commerce Trade Commission’s (ECT-C) Financial Services Working Group. The IOE&IT have convened the UK’s first ever ECT-C. This was launched in June 2023 and will work on solutions to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to trade internationally online. 

Prior to the IOE&IT, Paul spent over 30 years in the Corporate & Commercial Banking world supporting businesses to trade internationally with a particular focus on the manufacturing sector. In his last banking role, he led Santander’s UK Manufacturing Sector team.


Anna Doherty

Anna Doherty

Senior Trade and Customs Specialist
The Institute of Export & International Trade

A qualified and accredited customs professional, Anna is a leading international trade and customs specialist and commentator, having worked as a practitioner before joining the IOE&IT in April 2023.

She represents the IOE&IT at industry and government forums, while advising public and private sector clients on trade compliance and customs facilitations.

A regular speaker at UK and European events and at government working groups, Anna is industry chair of HMRC’s Joint Customs Consultative Committee, its forum for consulting with key trade stakeholders on customs procedures and regulations.

With expertise in interpreting UK and EU regulations and their impact on business, Anna’s current focus is on the UK’s Border Target Operating Model, the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) as well as EU customs reform.

Before joining the IOE&IT, Anna was customs lead at a major UK manufacturing retailer, developing its customs compliance policy and processes for post-Brexit trading.

Marco Forgione

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.

Samantha Hodgkins

Samantha Hodgkins

Customs Consultant
The Institute of Export & International Trade

Samantha has 16 years’ experience within International Trade in both aerospace and defence industries. 

Sam is a trade compliance lead, helping to support businesses to reenergise, refocus and realign all business practices within the regulatory requirements. Her wealth of expertise has assisted many companies in developing new trade compliance procedures and has trained delegates at all levels, ensuring that all products, whether tangible or intangible, are exported legally and compliantly.

Whilst conducting consultancies and health checks at the IOE&IT, Sam has supported multiple companies in developing strategies following identified export breaches, whilst also advising on the completion of customs declarations to avoid heavy HMRC and ECJU fines. 

Sam has been selected as one of our most experienced and knowledgeable speakers at IOE&IT events, including Membercon and has educated businesses on trade compliance at Multimodal. 

Her specialist areas include: 

  • UK dual use and military
  • Customs compliance and due diligence
  • Defining and implementing policies and procedures
  • Trade compliance and export controls
  • Incoterms, commodity codes and rules of origin
  • Inward processing  

Rachel Jones Founder Snapdragon

Rachel Jones

SnapDragon Monitoring

Founder of SnapDragon Monitoring, Rachel was thrown into the world of anticounterfeiting when her invention, Totseat, the washable, squashable highchair was faked. Horrified, she learned how to remove counterfeit products from online platforms using intellectual property and – despite being non-technical - resolved to build software to empower even the smallest brand to fight back. 

Ten years on and SnapDragon works with some of the world’s most loved brands, protecting their businesses, revenues and, most importantly, customers. 

Rachel was CEO of the business until undergoing treatment for breast cancer last year. 

She is now an NED of SnapDragon, Co-Chair of the UK’s IPO Crime Group, an NED for Equity Gap and a Volunteer Coach at Smart Works. 

Sean Ramsden

Sean Ramsden

Ramsden International

Sean is Founder and CEO of Ramsden International, the UK’s leading international wholesaler of British groceries, supplying products from more than 400 UK manufacturers to retailers in more than 130 markets worldwide. In the 30 years since he founded Ramsden International, he had travelled to more than 80 markets to sell the best of British food and drink, and led the business to collect three Queens Awards for Enterprise in International Trade, and more then 90 other awards and accolades. A graduate of Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, he also sits as a non-executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), as well as a number of other commercial, non-profit and academic boards. He was previously a member of the Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG) and is a regular commentator in the media and conferences on trading internationally, with a particular emphasis on SME exports. Sean had been crowned “International Director of the Year” by the Institute of Directors, and in 2019 was awarded an MBE for services to international trade.

David Rutter

David Rutter

Strategy and Policy Lead
Economic Security and Supply Chain Resilience 

David has spent the last 5 years working on international trade for the UK government, including trade negotiations and most recently developing the Critical Imports and Supply Chains Strategy, for which he now leads implementation. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012, after which he led communications at an international relations think tank and completed a Master’s at LSE before joining the Civil Service in 2016. 

Kevin Shakespeare

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.

Daniela Turiccki

Daniela Turiccki

Academy Deputy Director
The Institute of Export & International Trade

Daniela Turiccki has worked in imports and exports for the past twelve years. She originally began her journey in the metal industry working with minor metals, importing and exporting globally. Importing raw material from China, Canada, USA and Peru, which was then manufactured into finished goods that were then exported worldwide. She has worked with agents and companies in EMEA, Asia, Australia, South America, USA and Canada. She has extensive knowledge of customs documentation, letters of credit, liaising with third party providers and managing key accounts for Blue Chip companies. She also has handled dangerous goods and shipped these via road, sea and air.

Daniela moved into the aerospace industry where she has in-depth knowledge of export licensing controls including ITAR/EAR, working on contracts with the US Government, UK Government and various military and civil customers worldwide . She has provided contractual support to businesses, reviewing tenders, prime contract proposals and RFQ’s, identifying contractual risk and associated mitigation, non-disclosure agreements, TAA and Memorandum of Understanding. She has also supported in the preparation of UK and EU grants, working alongside HMRC and other government bodies.

Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Virtuoso Legal

Liz is principal of Virtuoso Legal, an award-winning firm of intellectual property specialists. Liz worked for national firms DLA Piper and Hammond Suddards before establishing the specialist firm in 2007 to offer a range of IP legal services – Virtuoso Legal has now championed consummate IP counsel for over a decade.  

Whether it is IP infringement, international trade, managing trade mark portfolios (and more); Virtuoso has an impeccable track record in IP - helping clients (big and small) with services tailored to suit their particular needs.  

At the heart of it all, Liz is the figurehead; and her scientific background and no-nonsense outlook sets the gold standard for a firm that is as precise as it is passionate about IP. 

An industry ranked ‘Leader in her Field’ for many years, an advisor to the BBC and Forbes in the USA; Liz has over 28 years’ experience advising on a wide range of matters in the field of intellectual property. She has built up an enviable reputation due to her exceptional ability as a knowledgeable litigator and has been especially praised for her commercial awareness and approachability.  

Adnan Zaheer

Adnan Zaheer


Adnan is a serial entrepreneur disrupting the trade compliance industry. As CEO of, his AI platform cuts operational costs for traders and freight forwarders by up to 50%. Previously, he founded Seers Group, a leading privacy platform with over 50,000 customers in just four years. He is also the founding member of a billion-dollar firm Smart Pension. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Adnan leveraged his expertise at PwC, helping businesses achieve compliance and growth. 


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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