Lesley Batchelor OBE appointed as acting CEO for Open to Export

12 December 2014

Building on her involvement on the board of Open to Export CIC, Lesley Batchelor has been appointed as acting CEO, to help shape the company’s strategy and to initiate the recruitment of a permanent successor.

Lesley will continue in her primary role as Director General of the Institute of Export, but has accepted this appointment, as acting CEO for Open to Export, on a part-time basis to oversee this period of growth. Ian Taylor, Chairman of the Institute of Export explains, “Both organisations have the common interest of exporters at heart and makes this collaboration a synergistic move forwards”.

Julian Hucker, Chairman of Open to Export said “I’m delighted that Lesley has agreed to take on this role. Her experience and determination will be invaluable in helping the organisation maximize the benefits that it can deliver to the UK’s SME export community”

Open to Export became a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) at the beginning of 2014 and has the support of UK Trade & Investment, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Export, and marketing solutions provider, Yell as its founders. As the company goes from strength to strength, HSBC has recently come on board, as principal partner, to help develop a truly innovative business community to support exporters.

Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General of the Institute of Export (IOE)
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 (IOE), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business, in 2010 after a three-year elected tenure as chairman and CEO, Lesley is active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs.

Lesley has forged influential partnerships with international associations. She brought together 20 organisations to create GURU online, an international award-winning business resource available to all exporters.

Lesley is a graduate of the Institute of Export qualifications and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing.

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 over 1000 SMEs.

About Open to Export
Open to Export is the Government supported free, online community for UK companies looking to grow internationally. It brings together experts from across the private sector and government agencies to help small and medium sized UK businesses successfully enter international markets.

Users can gain practical insights on key international trade topics from webinars, guides, case studies and special features, as well as getting bespoke advice from experts and peers in the Q&A forum. The content is produced by users and industry experts, and anyone who has value to offer exporters can contribute.

Open to Export became a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) at the beginning of 2014 and is part of the Government’s SME export strategy. It has the support of UK Trade & Investment, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Export, and marketing solutions and websites provider, Yell as its founders. It will continue to operate as an independent open platform.

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