Lesley Batchelor OBE
The Institute of Export
Lesley Batchelor is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses.
Working as director general of the Institute of Export (IOE), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business for over 80 years and also CEO of Open to Export an interactive website that is free for all to access. Active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs. Lesley is a leading light in thought leadership issues connected with international trade.
Lesley has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing having worked with software, creative and music groups. Awarded in the OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List and recently judged to be the CBI Real Business First Woman in Business Services and CEO of the Year from the Congress of Trade Associations for 2015.
Post referendum our focus must be on extending trade with new markets. Without the comfort of existing EU trade arrangements, our businesses will need to work in some challenging markets where both visible and invisible measures are taken to protect their home market. This session will look at these and where to find out more about them.