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New appointments for ECGD Advisory Council

Trade Minister Stephen Green announces 3 new members of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC).

Trade Minister Stephen Green has announced 3 new members of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC).

EGAC advises Ministers through ECGD, the UK’s export credit agency, principally on policies relating to environmental, social and human rights issues.

EGAC’s new members are Alexandra Elson, Chris Fitzpatrick and Neil Holt.

Alexandra Elson is CO2 Policy Manager at Shell. Before joining Shell, she was natural resources adviser at the Department for International Development, engaged in long- and short-term assignments in South and South-East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. In an independent capacity she has worked for the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, World Bank, European Commission and bilateral European overseas development agencies.

Chris Fitzpatrick is a materials scientist who established his own SME business manufacturing high performance adhesives in the East Midlands. This business grew quickly, exporting globally within the electronic and manufacturing sectors. Since selling his business he serves on several public and charitable boards including being a non-executive director of UK Trade and Investment, to promote business success in international markets and encourage inward investment into the UK.

Neil Holt is a director and head of ethical compliance at Halcrow, an international firm of consulting engineers. A chartered banker with more than 20 years of corporate and international banking, Neil joined Halcrow in 1998 and until 2008 ran one of its principal operating divisions, working across across Europe, the Middle East, India, South East Asia, China and East Asia, and North America. He has been the group’s head of ethical compliance since 2005. Neil is a trustee and non-executive director of Transparency International (UK), and was a founding member of the UK Anti-Corruption Forum, which is now one of the principal consultative interfaces between UK government and business on anti-corruption matters. He has been an active member of anti-corruption working groups within UK government, international development agencies, and the World Economic Forum.

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