Nick McInnes has been British Consul General in Sydney and Director-General UK Trade & Investment for Australia and New Zealand since January 2013. In this role, he acts as the British Government representative in New South Wales and provides leadership and direction to UK Trade & Investment’s network of offices in Australia and New Zealand supporting British companies doing business in these markets and Australian and New Zealand companies looking to invest in the UK.
Nick has significant commercial experience in both the private and public sectors. Before moving to Sydney, he headed up UKTI’s operations in the USA as the Director Trade & Investment USA and Deputy British Consul General in New York. During this time, Nick worked closely with many leading UK and US companies - including HSBC, GE, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Diageo and Pfizer - that are also major players in Australia and New Zealand.
Nick has previously headed up UKTI’s operations in South Africa and China and - immediately prior to his latest New York posting - was UKTI Director in London responsible for trade with Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Central Asia and Latin America. He also has earlier experience as Trade Director for Africa and South Asia and a previous posting in New York. His most recent private sector experience was in South Africa where he worked for BAE systems, Costain and a strategic management consultancy firm, Africa International Advisors.
Earlier, Nick was Private Secretary to successive UK Secretaries of State for Trade.
Nick was educated at Rutlish School and the University of York. He also graduated from the Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School in Johannesburg.
Nick is an honorary member of the Council of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.