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Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General – Institute of Export

Lesley Batchelor is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses. Appointed director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade, Lesley is also CEO of Open to Export – a collaborative CIC supported by FSB, UKTI, HSBC & the IOE&IT which comprises a digital platform for new and inexperienced exporters.


Active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group, Lesley has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs and is often a leading light in thought leadership issues on international trade. After 15 years working with blue-chip giants including Fujitsu Europe, Canon, Ciba-Geigy and Coca-Cola, Lesley set up CMC Marketing in 1992 to develop inspirational overseas strategies and international training programmes for SMEs. In 2007 she joined the IOE&IT where she has forged influential partnerships with many national and international associations.


A graduate of the Institute of Export & International Trade qualifications and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Lesley has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing. Awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List, Lesley was named as the CBI/Real Business First Woman in Business Services for 2015 and voted CEO of the year for the Trade Association Congress 2015