Meet The Camp Team

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Lesley Batchelor OBE

Camp Director

Lesley Batchelor is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses.

After working as director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business for over 10 years she is now working with business to help with the new export strategies. Co-chair of the Bribery Act 2010 Scrutiny Expert panel DFID, she has a network of contacts from government and the House of Lords to shipping lines and international industry leaders WTO, WCO and ICC. Lesley is often a leading light in thought leadership issues connected with international trade on most media from TV/radio to press.

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 Institute of Export where she has forged influential partnerships with many national and international associations. In 2014 she was appointed CEO of Open to Export a digital platform for new and inexperienced exporters set up as a collaborative government private sector initiative now winner of WTO ICC Small Business Champion 2018.

Lesley has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing. She was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List and 2015 was judged to be the CBI Real Business First Woman in Business Services and CEO of the year from the Trade Association Congress.

Lesley is on IBDE Advisory Board, a Director of IATTO and NED of Bridgehead International Agency and is available for speaking engagements or hosting events.

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Arne Mielken MBA, MIEx Grad, DWCCR

Arne is a Senior Trade Specialist for the European Union monitor and provide updates on EU trade regulations in the field of customs, trade and export controls. He is also a Vice President of the Institute of Export & International Trade. Having worked for Grant Thornton and Deloitte’s Customs Duties & Export Controls team, two of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. As a specialist in the field of EU customs, trade & export control legislation & policy, he advised clients on customs & international trade matters and complex supply chains. Working with the EU in Brussels for over a decade, Arne continues to be actively involved in the development of EU customs policy & legislation (Union Customs Code and E-Customs) and publishes articles in leading European foreign trade journals.
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Holly Tonge BSc, MBA, MIEx Grad

Holly has worked in international trade for almost twenty years, currently working as a specialist and trainer in customs authorisations, trade procedures and duty & excise suspension regimes. One of her main areas of speciality is Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), having successfully guided a large number of businesses through this process. Holly’s background is in the freight forwarding and customs clearance sector, which provided her with extensive experience of imports, exports, transit, warehousing and customs compliance. In addition, Holly lived in Africa for a year gaining international experience whilst designing a nationwide supply chain for the health sector in Rwanda. In 2018 Holly established her own very successful business providing customs consulting services for a number of businesses in sectors such as food & beverage, retail, automotive and chemical.
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Namali Mackay

Namali Mackay was a trade negotiator for the Australian Government for 12 years, specialising in market access negotiations for goods in the WTO as well as in regional and bilateral trade negotiations. She was also appointed to a diplomatic posting in London as the Australian Government’s senior trade representative. She currently works as an independent trade advisor to the public, private and non-government sectors in the context of Brexit providing specialist advice and training across the full range of international trade issues. Namali is fully trained in HMRC’s Customs Brexit training programmes and delivers a range of training workshops and courses on trade and customs issues to a variety of UK and European audiences. She also sits on the Government’s Expert Trade Advisory Group on Customs and we’re very proud to have her work with us too.
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Richard Bartlett

Richard has worked in logistics for over 26 years running his own forwarding business until 2016 when he set up ‘Export Unlocked’ offering Consultancy and Advice in International Trade, helping businesses Export. An enthusiast for all things to do with world trade, Richard understands the many aspects of both importing and exporting.   Using his vast experience, he is now working closely with Greater Manchester Chamber, Halton Chamber,  ICC Academy in Singapore and The Institute of Export & International Trade delivering training in Brexit Compliance, Incoterms, Rules of Origin and commodity codes, understanding Exporting / Importing, Customs Compliance.   Richard’s work has taken him around the world. He has presented in Genève for the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in Doha for Qatar Development Bank and North and South of Ireland with Trade Ireland giving him valuable insights and a strong understanding of how different markets operate. For example, in a recent project for a Manchester based company he helped them establish offices in the US with a 3 PL warehouse, its own brokerage and direct shipments from Taiwan and Shanghai into Nevada.
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