Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint – a former Minister of State for Trade and Investment – has been appointed as president of The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).
As trade minister from 2011 to 2013, Lord Green's remit encompassed promoting UK industry overseas as government spokesman in the House of Lords for both the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Lord Green was chairman of HSBC Holdings from 2006 until 2010.
As the Institute's new president, he will be instrumental in driving the strategy and vision of the Institute - the UK's only professional membership body supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade.
Lord Green said: “The Institute of Export & International Trade is one of the nation's best kept secrets. Their range of qualifications is broad to suit individual requirements and extends up to degree level if required with the primary objective being to professionalise international trade and bring the highest level of expertise and education in skills most needed in the UK today. This knowledge is building business competence and in turn confidence to trade internationally. As we look to new markets across the world I am proud to be a champion of this much needed resource for UK businesses.”
IOE&IT director general, Lesley Batchelor OBE, commented: "Lord Green's powerful reputation in international commerce is second to none and he joins the board at a formative period for the Institute, whose remit to boost the UK's exporting drive and economic recovery has taken on an unprecedented importance as we prepare to exit the EU."
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