Lesley Batchelor OBE
A strategic thinker and leader with over 35 years experience gained from 4 Blue Chip companies working on international trade, (b2b) and leading the UK's only professional body representing international trade. Winning of CBI Business Women of the Year and CEO of the Year from the Congress of Trade Associations in 2015. Lesley is a skilled negotiator and board member comfortably spanning government and business interest. As co-chair of the Anti-Corruption Expert Panel with John Penrose MP, and with experience of producing and giving evidence at various select committees covering all aspects of international trade. Real world experience of trading internationally from establishing new markets and sustainable growth to brokering licences to optimise IP internationally. As a qualified IP Auditor through Coventry University Lesley finds sharing this skill vital to enhancing export growth for both physical and service brand led products. Excellent knowledge of World Trade and how it interacts with shipping, insurance, finance and regulatory compliance are mixed with great communication skills to help Lesley make any topic interesting and clear. Often working with the BBC, TV, Radio and hosting events to ensure timely information is shared and understood with a smile and the appropriate amount of humour.