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Lancashire and Cumbria Team

The Lancashire and Cumbria Team cover all the businesses within the Lancashire and Cumbria region. 

David Wright

David Wright

Obtained BA (Hons.) Degree from University of Wolverhampton in Modern Languages and European Studies.

Worked in logistics in various Sales & Management roles over a 30 year period. Worked for last 10 years as Business Adviser initially with Enterprise Europe Network then as ITA with UKTI / DIT North West.

Tiffany Solender

Tiffany Solender

Having launched and grown successful businesses internationally across different sectors over the past 13 years, her commercial experience enables her to provide practical advice and solutions for businesses.

She has gained experience of product development /IP protection and certification for the overseas markets.

Her practical knowledge of international tradeshows, building relationships with agents/distributors combined with an understanding of cultures enables her to advise businesses from experience.

Karen Holden

Karen Holden

Karen has worked for the Department for International Trade for nearly 20 years assisting businesses in the North West to trade internationally. With a keen interest in the Creative Industries Karen has helped companies gain funding and support to help them make the most of some of the creative industries major international events including MIPCOM, MIPTV, Kidscreen, RealScreen and many of the international film and music markets.

Karen is also a skilled trade adviser able to cover all sectors and all markets

Malcom Arnold

Malcom Arnold

Comprehensive private sector experience at Commercial Director level for British & Foreign owned companies responsible for UK & International sales & marketing. Therefore, comfortable working with large clients at board level. His primary skills are export growth strategies, selecting & developing overseas partners, agents & distributors, routes to market, new markets development with clients, identifying unique selling points.

Sandra Isabel Cooper

Sandra Isabel Cooper

An International Trade Professional with over 15 years’ experience as part of exports development teams in various industries such as food and drink, Agri-Tech, Quality control and Testing equipment, Sandra mainly covers Latin America and Caribbean. Creation of distribution networks across the globe is one of her main strengths. She has been supporting companies in the region as an International Trade Adviser for 2 years initially for Northwest Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and now DIT Northwest.

Sandra Thornber

Sandra Thornber

She has worked as an International Trade Adviser since 2001 based in Cumbria. Sandra specialises in Gulf markets, particularly the United Arab Emirates and have researched and compiled a simple guide to successfully trading in Gulf markets whilst adhering to and respecting the Islamic business culture. Her sector specialism is Food & Drink and Tourism & Hospitality.

Greater Manchester Team

The Greater Manchester Team cover all the businesses within the Greater Manchester region. 

Derek Swan

Derek Swan

Derek has been working to support businesses within Greater Manchester as an International Trade Adviser at GC International Trade Team for 7 years. He also has over 20 years working in international trade to provide information and support to businesses. He specialises in Defence and Security sectors and knowledgable in Agents & Distributors, Customs Declarations, E-commerce & Retail

Giles Jones

Giles Jones

Giles is an ERDF International Trade Adviser covering the Greater Manchester region. Having previously been employed as an International Trade Networks Adviser at one of the UK’s largest Chambers of Commerce, Giles has a strong understanding of the export documentation required to enable companies to get their products to market. Through his Chamber experience Giles has developed a strong network of contacts in bilateral Chambers around the world, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, as well as through the Enterprise Europe Network, for which Giles was employed for two years before joining DIT.

Liz Collier

Liz Collier

Her background is supply chain, involved in export integration and coordination management and logistics and shipping management for over 25 years exporting into the Middle East, Africa, Asia, India, Australia, Canada, USA and South America. Liz is passionate about advising and mentoring SME’s on market penetration and export best practice. She is highly skilled at advising in Exporting – export strategy, documentation, logistics, planning, hazardous goods, cost control, customs regulations, cross border logistics, shipping, warehousing, truck loading compliance, pre shipment inspections, labelling compliance, seafreight, road transport and airfreight logistics and also Importing – order management, VAT reporting and customs

Penny Wang-Orme

Penny Wang-Orme

Penny Wang-Orme graduated from Beijing Institute of Business and a member of the Institute of Export. She was the first China Trade Manager for Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Penny is specialising in China trade and has worked across a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, food and drink and home products for the past 20 years. Penny is the sector lead for the food and drink sector for Department for International Trade North West.

Alexandra Stewart

Alexandra Stewart

Alexandra has over 15 years' experience within the Department for International Trade North West. Having studied French and Italian and international business, Alex started as an international trade coordinator organising events, exhibitions and missions. As a Graduate member of the Institute of Export, she became an International Trade Adviser working with clients across all sectors and countries, with focus on the education and training sector and more recently the oil and gas sector.

Cheshire and Merseyside Team

The Cheshire and Merseyside Team cover all the businesses within the Cheshire and Merseyside region. 

Sara Knowles

Sara Knowles

International Trade Team Leader

Sara has over 25 years’ experience working internationally in more than 30 countries as a business director, project manager, trainer and business adviser. She leads the Education and Training and Financial and Professional Services in the North West. As an experienced consultant, project manager and CIPD-qualified business trainer, she takes a holistic approach to supporting leaders to achieve their business internationalisation goals with regard to people, operations, finance, products/services, innovation, marketing, sales and communications. Her approach is based on her belief that sustained business success starts on the inside - with strong leadership and people-focused planning and puts this at the heart of her client work.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Most of Emma’s career has been strategising and implementing multi-language campaigns in marketing, branding, PR, digital and social media overseas in the Middle East and France. Over the past 25 years, Emma has worked with a diverse client base across many sectors including B2B and B2C in Consumer, Retail, Ecommerce, Luxury, Electronics, FMCG, Food, Hotels and Hospitality, Property, Automotive, Tech, Office Services, Professional Services, Franchising, Banking, Oil and Gas and Construction to name a few. Some of Emma’s past clients include Unilever, Pirelli, FedEx, Sony, Kenwood, Acer, Fairmont, Shangri-La and Ritz-Carlton.

Louise Di Blasi

Louise Di Blasi

Over 10 years working as a buyer for two of the largest retailers in UK, Louise has provided the knowledge of sourcing products internationally for a variety of materials and products. After spending time in the Far East meeting with suppliers and manufactures, negotiating prices, understanding culture and product development, she can successfully grow product ranges, ensuring all country standards are met, liaising with testing houses.

Kevin Finucane

Kevin Finucane

25 year’s work experience in various roles supporting the international trade activities of SME and large corporate entities, with a market focus on Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Subsequently, 15 years in the public-private sector partnerships contracted to represent UKTI then DIT in North West England.

Margaret Bourke

Margaret Bourke

Margaret Bourke is an International Trade Adviser with the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the North West. Margaret has over 25 years international business experience. She worked in Japan for 3 years and has extensive experience in Europe, USA and South East Asia. She speaks Japanese, French, German and Irish along with intermediate Spanish and some Portuguese.

Veronica Dawson

Veronica Dawson

Veronica worked as an Export Manager for almost 20 years in Construction products company, selling materials to over 100 clients in more than 30 countries, mainly those as outlined, and creating all relevant paperwork. Seh has extensive experience in Export Documentation, particularly letters of credit and URC 522, Shipping and Logistics (including IMDG qualified for Dangerous Goods) and a good understanding of agent / distributor agreements.