International Trade Matters Ltd

Guest Speakers

International Trade Matters Ltd provides access to a network of excellent speakers for events and ceremonies. Pioneers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and authorities in their field, these individuals possess skills and experience on a global scale, with a catalogue of tales to tell, knowledge to impart and advice to give.

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    Lesley Batchelor CBE
    Champion of UK export & international trade leader

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

    From a blue-chip background, she worked as director general of the Institute of Export (IOE) for 12 years promoting professionalism and the need for qualifications and support for businesses.

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    Lesley now runs an ICC and ILM accredited training company with a real difference. Using years of experience teaching and training businesses owners and managers to trade competently internationally, the BootCamps approach guarantees engagement and results.

    She also acts as a board advisor to Smart & Savvy Women, ACOSB&E and Open Borders Direct. With invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing Lesley was awarded CBI Real Business First Woman in Business Services and CEO of the year from Trade Association Congress in 2015.

    Lesley is often sought out for comment on Brexit and international trade issues, writing thought leadership pieces for many journals, TV and radio stations.

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    Lesley has been a popular speaker at 12 Annual dinners with the Institute of Export and hosted Mansion House graduation ceremonies for 9 years.


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      Stacey Susa-Pinto
      Best-selling author, sought after International Trade professional, TedX Talks Alumnus & influencer for young career and business women

      Stacey Susa-Pinto is a best-selling author and sought after International Trade professional.

      She has spent over 8 years working in various trade related capacities with a major focus on inter-governmental economic diplomacy, trade programming as well as market access and trade facilitation issues.

      Having transitioned from private to public sector, Ms Pinto has helped shift perceptions regarding the effectiveness of the public sector as she currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Trade Forum – an agency of the Namibian Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade. The Namibia Trade Forum is responsible for institutionalising public-private dialogue on matters related to trade and investment for purposes of inputting into trade policy. Ms Pinto’s key functions as CEO of the Namibia Trade Forum are to drive and deliver on the organisation’s strategic plans while leveraging off her regional and international networks to increase the funding, impact and visibility of the organization. The Namibia Trade Forum has launched and pioneered one of the biggest campaigns in Namibia – the buy Local, Grow Namibia campaign which aims to encourage retailers to create shelf space for locally produced/manufactured goods. This brought on board other partners such as the UN in Namibia and the national broadcasting corporation (NBC). She also serves on the Ministerial Namibia Brand Building Committee.

      A business woman with a growing wellness brand, Ms Pinto is a great communicator and influencer for young career and business women and speaks often on various platforms encouraging young women to find their purpose and calling. She is also an alumni of TedX Talks with a viewership of over 10000 on her Ted Talk entitled; Your gift can set you apart.

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        Victoria Boldison
        International Marketing, Global Growth & Export Solutions Provider

        Victoria is a multi-award-winning Chartered Marketer and has worked internationally for all of her career within start up, SME and large corporation environments marketing and selling food, drink, supplements and medical devices around the world.

        Multilingual with an MA Hons from the University of Oxford and an executive MBA from Leeds Business School in the UK, Victoria now runs Bolst Global, an international business consultancy and export solutions provider supporting those businesses operating in global food, drink and supplement sectors.

        Her vision and passion with Bolst Global is to help as many ambitious and internationally oriented companies from around the world in the health food, drink and supplement space to grow overseas. Both for existing exporters and those new to export, Victoria strives to provide her clients both online and off line with the tools, knowledge and connections to make global growth a reality.

        In her free time and when not travelling around the world for business or leisure Victoria spends most of it either swinging heavy kettle bells in the gym or socialising with her friends and family.

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        Victoria has given many speeches written specifically for the audience and with careful research and preparation. She loves to meet people and find the right solution for each event, with impeccable time-keeping to ensure everything runs smoothly.

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          Linda Middleton-Jones
          Advocate and Ambassador for International Trade, Mentor for Successful Business Women

          Linda Middleton-Jones has over 25 years’ experience in international commerce across manufacturing, nuclear and aviation sectors from her base in South West England.

          She is an accomplished professional with extensive overseas know-how. A graduate of the University of Plymouth and Universidad de Barcelona (LLB{Hons}) and a Member of the Institute of Export (MIEx(Grad)), she also has qualifications gained from both CMI & MIT Sloan in Leadership and Team building.

          Linda has organised, led and participated in successful missions and welcomed delegations to the South West by facilitating introductions and networking opportunities. She has been responsible for promoting specific sector developments in Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean and Central America.

          Her expertise has allowed her to guide her clients towards exporting strategies covering routes to market through market research, smart procurement and contract compliance. Adept at recognising and guiding sustainable international growth she introduces continual improvement tools through the Export House methodology she developed.

          As an active member of the Institute of Export Linda took the role as Chairman of the Academic Board in 2018 a role that required governance of delivery and awards for qualifications in International Trade. She is also the Export Expert for Innovate UK in the South West and is a founder member of SIITACE – the Society for Independent International Trade and Customs Experts. She is a Director at Devon Chamber of Commerce.

          Topics include:

          • Made in Britain – a double edged sword
          • International Trade – a career of opportunity and adventure
          • Trading Internationally – past, present, future

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