Lesley Batchelor OBE
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.