DIT Business Ambassadors
Business and University leaders work with the Government through Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote the UK’s excellence internationally and highlight trade and investment opportunities.
They focus on helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which sometimes face greater barriers to accessing global markets than larger businesses. The Prime Minister announced the creation of a Business Ambassadors Group in 2008.
The Business Ambassadors Group is coordinated by a dedicated secretariat in DIT.
When travelling overseas, Business Ambassadors will carry out priority meetings at request of the Government, including lobbying for market access or leading events for SMEs. They will also undertake dedicated overseas visits or lead UK trade missions for small businesses.
The Business Ambassadors offer a wealth of business experience and knowledge gained across a range of sectors and geographical markets.
The Business Ambassadors are:
|Creative Industries||Sir John Sorrell CBE||Sorrell Foundation|
|Creative Industries||Anya Hindmarch MBE||Anya Hindmarch|
|Creative Industries||Lucian Grainge CBE||Universal Music Group|
|Creative Industries||Nick Allott OBE||Cameron Mackintosh|
|Creative Industries||Archie Norman||Lazard (Ex ITV)|
|Creative Industries||Dame Natalie Massenet DBE||Chairman of the British Fashion Council / Ex NET-A-PORTER|
|Creative Industries and Small Creative Businesses||Holly Tucker MBE||NotOnTheHighStreet.com|
|Enterprise/Creative/Technology||Emma Jones MBE||Enterprise Nation|
|Energy||Rt Hon Brian Wilson||Havana Energy and Harris Tweed Hebrides (creative / retail)|
|Energy||Baroness Brown (Julia King DBE)||Aston University|
|Energy||Samir Brikho||Ex Amec Foster Wheeler|
|Financial Services||Douglas Flint CBE||HSBC|
|Technology / Media / Financial Services||Tim Luke||Barclays|
|Financial Services||Alastair Lukies CBE||Monitise / Innovate Finance|
|Financial Services||Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE||Ex Alliance Trust|
|Infrastructure / Construction / Transport||Andrew McNaughton||Systra Group|
|Infrastructure / Construction / Transport||Rupert Soames OBE||SERCO|
|Infrastructure||Liv Garfield||Severn Trent|
|Infrastructure / Construction / Transport||Tim Wates||Wates Construction|
|Manufacturing / Advanced Engineering||Paul Kahn||Airbus Group UK|
|Manufacturing / Advanced Engineering||Sir Richard Olver KBE||Ex BAE Systems|
|Manufacturing / Advanced Engineering||Robin Southwell OBE||Ex Aerospace Defence Security (ADS) Group Ltd|
|Manufacturing / Advanced Engineering||Ron Dennis CBE||McLaren Technology Group|
|Pharmaceutical / Healthcare||The Rt. Hon. Professor Lord Kakkar PC||UCL|
|Pharmaceutical / Healthcare||Sir Malcolm Grant CBE||NHS England|
|Pharmaceutical / Healthcare||Sir Andrew Witty||GSK|
|Pharmaceutical / Healthcare||Harriet Fear MBE||One Nucleus|
|Professional and Business Services||Caroline Plumb OBE||Freshminds|
|Professional and Business Services||Sir Alan Parker||Brunswick Group|
|Professional and Business Services||Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE||Ex-MITIE|
|Professional and Business Services||Steve Varley||EY|
|Professional and Business Services||Will Lawes||Ex Freshfields|
|Retail / Food and Drink||James Townshend||Velcourt Group|
|Retail / Food and Drink||Paul Walsh||Compass Group|
|Retail / Food and Drink||Marc Bolland||Ex Marks and Spencer|
|Retail / Food and Drink||Paul Polman||Unilever|
|Media / Cross Sectoral||Karen Blackett OBE||MediaCom|
|Technology||Dr Mike Lynch OBE||Invoke Capital|
|Technology||Saul Klein OBE||LocalGlobe|
|Technology||Brent Hoberman CBE||Mydeco.com and Founders Forum|
|Non-specific sectoral||Lord Powell|
|Non-specific sectoral||Lady Barbara Judge CBE||Institute of Directors|
Helen Baden: creative industries / creative small businesses, media, enterprise, cross sectoral.
Mark McQuade: infrastructure / construction / transport / advanced engineering, energy, retail / food and drink.
Tom Pudlo: education, healthcare, life sciences, technology, professional and business services, financial services, cross sectoral.
For all queries relating to the Business Ambassadors Programme, contact: Helen Baden