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Trade advisory groups (TAGs)

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The groups were established in July 2020 to meet the requirements of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) trade negotiations.

The Trade Advisory Groups ( TAGs) were established in July 2020 to meet the requirements of the Department for International Trade’s ( DIT) trade negotiations.

1. Role

The TAGs’ principal purpose is to provide the blend of strategic and technical expertise required to ensure the United Kingdom’s trade negotiations are able to progress at pace.

2. Structure

The TAGs will be chaired by the relevant DIT Director.

DIT will act as the Secretariat for the groups.

The groups will meet at least 3 times a year, or as required by developments in the free trade negotiations process.

3. Membership

The TAGs cover key sectors vital to the prosperity of the British economy, including:

  • agri-food
  • automotive, aerospace and marine
  • British manufactured and consumer goods
  • telecoms and technology
  • chemicals
  • life sciences
  • creative industries
  • investment
  • transport services
  • professional advisory services
  • financial services

Members have been selected on the basis that they are able to provide the relevant understanding, insight and expertise necessary.

3.1 Agri-food

The members are:

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) - Phil Hadley - International Director
  • Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) - Robert Sheasby - Chief Executive
  • Associated British Foods - Catherine Hicks – Group Corporate Affairs Director
  • Blacks of Bacton - James Black - Managing Director
  • British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) - Emma McClarkin - Chief Executive Officer
  • British Poultry Council – Richard Griffiths – Chief Executive
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC) - Andrew Opie - Director of Food
  • Chase Distillery/Tyrells Court Farm - James Chase - Founder
  • Cranswick - Adam Couch - Chief Executive Officer
  • Diageo – Wilson Del Socorro – Global Director of Government Affairs
  • Farmers Union Wales - Nick Fenwick - Head of Policy
  • Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - Dominic Goudie - Head of International Trade
  • Forman & Sons - Lance Forman - Owner and CEO
  • Foyle Food Group - Terry Acheson - Chief Executive Officer
  • G’s Global - John Shropshire - Founder
  • Long Clawson - Ashley Reek - Managing Director
  • Mercer Foundation and Moma Foods - Tom Mercer - Partner of Mercer Farming and Chairman of Moma Foods
  • National Association of British and Irish Millers – Alex Waugh – Director General
  • National Farmers’ Union (NFU) - Nick von Westenholz - Head of Trade
  • National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Cymru - John Mercer - Director
  • National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland - Jonathan Hall - Director of Policy
  • National Sheep Association (NSA) - Phil Stocker - Chief Executive Officer
  • OMSCO - Richard Hampton - Managing Director
  • Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) - Ian McKendrick - International Director
  • Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation - Hamish MacDonell - Director of Strategic Engagement
  • Scottish Seafood Association - Jimmy Buchan - Chief Executive Officer
  • Seafish - Aoife Martin - Director of Operations
  • Seafish - Fiona Wright - General Manager
  • Seafood Sector - Toby Baxendale - UK Entrepreneur
  • Tate & Lyle - Gerald Mason - Senior Vice President
  • Tesco - David Cohen - Scali - Category Manager, Grocery Commodities
  • Tesco – Richard Stratton – Head of Strategic Sourcing, Commodities and Capability
  • The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) - Katie Doherty - Chief Executive Officer
  • The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) - Katrina Walsh - Head of Policy
  • The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) - Miles Beale - Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Hospitality - Kate Nicholls - Chief Executive Officer
  • Ulster Farmers Union - Wesley Aston - Chief Executive Officer

3.2 Automotive, aerospace and marine

The members are:

  • Airbus UK - Katherine Bennett - Senior Vice President
  • BAE Systems - David Armstrong - Group Business Development Director
  • BMT Group - Sarah Kenny - Chief Executive Officer
  • Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd – David McGinley – Chief Executive Officer
  • Harland and Wolff - John Wood - Group Chief Executive
  • JCB - Philip Bouverat - Director
  • MAKE UK - Stephen Phipson - Chief Executive Officer
  • McLaren Automotive - Ruth Nic Aoidh - Executive Director, Commercial & Legal
  • Nissan Europe - Kevin Fitzpatrick - Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Princess Yachts - Antony Sheriff - Executive Chairman
  • Rolls-Royce – Ben Story - Strategic Marketing Director
  • Ryobi - David Watson - Managing Director
  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) - Mike Hawes - Chief Executive Officer
  • ZF UK - Peter Lakie - Senior Vice President

3.3 British manufactured and consumer goods

The members are:

  • Bridgnorth Aluminium - Simon MacVicker - Managing Director
  • British Footwear Association - Lucy Reece Raybould - Chief Executive Officer
  • Brompton - Will Butler-Adams - Managing Director
  • Burleigh - Jim Norman - Commercial Director
  • Cambridge Satchel Company - Julie Deane - Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • Cheaney Shoes - Jonathan Church - Managing Director
  • Cosmetics Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) - Nicholas Shaw Nϊρez - Head of International Growth & Regulatory Services
  • Gola (Jacobson Group) - Tony Evans - Chief Executive Officer
  • John Smedley - Bill Leach - Global Sales Director
  • Johnstons of Elgin - Simon Cotton - Chief Executive Officer
  • L’Oreal UK and Ireland – Nathalie Bleach – Operations Director
  • Lucideon - Tony Kinsella - Chief Executive Officer
  • MPM products - James Bracewell - Chief Operating Officer
  • O’Neills Sports - Kieran Kennedy - Managing Director
  • Primark – Catherine Hicks – Group Corporate Affairs Director
  • TATA Steel - Deirdre Fox - Director, Strategic Business Development
  • Tratos UK Ltd - Maurizio Bragagni - Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Fashion & Textiles Association - Paul Alger - Director, International Business
  • Walpole - Helen Brocklebank - Chief Executive Officer

3.4 Telecoms and technology

The members are:

  • Adobe - Paul Robson – President
  • Avanti - Kyle Whitehill - Chief Executive Officer
  • BSG - Clare McNamara - Chief Executive Officer
  • BT Group - Alex Towers - Director of Policy and Public Affairs
  • Cisco – Matt Houlihan – Senior Director, Government and Corporate Affairs
  • COADEC - Dom Hallas - Executive Director
  • Deliveroo - Giles Derrington - Head of Public Affairs
  • Facebook - Edward Bowles - Director of Public Policy
  • Fujitsu - Clark Vasey - Director of Corporate Affairs
  • GraphCore - Nigel Toon - Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
  • Google – Katie O’Donovan – Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy
  • GSMA - John Giusti - Chief Regulatory Officer
  • IBM UK - Bill Kelleher - Chief Executive Officer
  • Inmarsat - Rupert Pearce - Chief Executive Officer
  • Larkspur International Ltd - Simon Blagden CBE - Chairman
  • LendInvest - Christian Faes - Executive Chair
  • NEC Europe - Chris Jackson - President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Optimity - Anthony Impey - CEO
  • Passion Capital - Eileen Burbidge, MBE - Partner
  • Sage - Natasha Thomas - Director of Government Relations
  • Salesforce UK and Ireland - Sarwar Khan - Head of Government Affairs
  • Samsung - Dr Howard Benn - Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs
  • Tech UK – Antony Walker – Deputy CEO
  • TechNation - Samantha Evans - Head of International
  • UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) - Rosaleen Hubbard - Company Secretary

3.5 Chemicals

The members are:

  • 2M – Mottie Kessler – CEO
  • BASF – Richard Carter – UK Country Manager
  • British Coatings Federation – Tom Bowtell – CEO
  • British Plastics Federation - Philip Law - Director General
  • Chemical Business Association - Peter Newport - Chief Executive Officer
  • Chemicals Industries Association - Steve Elliott - Chief Executive Officer
  • Croda - Sandra Breene - President Regional Delivery
  • Dow – John Case – President
  • INEOS - Tom Crotty - Director
  • Robinson Brothers - Adrian Hanrahan - Managing Director
  • Society of Chemical Industry - Sharon Todd - Executive Director
  • Synthomer - Tim Hughes - President, Corporate Development
  • Tata Chemicals Europe - Martin Ashcroft - Managing Director UK
  • Thor Chemicals – David Hewitt – Managing Director
  • Victrex Plc - Jakob Sigurdsson - Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

3.6 Life sciences

The members are:

  • Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) - Peter Ellingworth - Chief Executive Officer
  • Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) - Richard Torbett - Chief Executive
  • AstraZeneca - Juliette White - Vice President Global External Sourcing
  • BEIS / OLS - Kristen McLeod - Director, Office of Life Sciences
  • BioIndustry Association - Steve Bates - CEO
  • Bristol Myers Squibb - Lynelle Hoch - General Manager, UK and Ireland
  • British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) - Mark Samuels - Chief Executive Officer
  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - Elizabeth Woodeson CBE - Director of Medicines & Pharmacy
  • GlaxoSmithKline - Corry Jacobs - Head, Global Trade
  • MSD - David Peacock - Managing Director, UK and Ireland
  • Pfizer - Ben Osborn - Managing Director and Country Manager
  • Sanofi - Benham Heidari - Head of Supply Chain UK & Ireland MCO
  • Smith & Nephew – Simon Tarry - Managing Director UK, Ireland & Nordics
  • Takeda –-John Neal - Managing Director UK and Ireland
  • The British In Vitro Diagnostic Association (BIVDA) - Doris-Ann Williams - Chief Executive Officer

3.7 Creative industries

The members are:

  • Advertising Association - Konrad Shek - Director of Policy Research
  • BPI and Member of Creative Industries Council - Geoff Taylor - Chief Executive Officer
  • British Esports Association - Chester King - Chief Executive Officer
  • British Fashion Council - Caroline Rush - Chief Executive
  • Channel 4 - Khalid Hadadi - European Affairs Manager
  • Craft Council - Rosy Greenlees - Executive Director
  • Creative Industries Federation - Caroline Julian - Director of Policy
  • Design Council - Cat Drew - Chief Design Officer
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians - Deborah Annetts - CEO
  • ITV – Magnus Brooke - Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
  • Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates - Helen Keefe - Head of Policy and Regulation
  • Pearson - Rod Bristow - President
  • Pinewood - Andrew Smith - Corporate Affairs Director
  • Premier League - Tim Vine - Director of UK and International Public Affairs
  • Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV (PACT) – Max Rumney – Deputy CEO
  • TBI Media – Phil Critchlow OBE – Chief Executive Officer
  • The Publishers Association - Dan Conway - Director of External Affairs
  • UKIE – Jo Twist - CEO
  • UK Music - Richard Constant - General Counsel
  • Wiggin LLP - Ted Shapiro - Partner

3.8 Investment

The members are:

  • City of London Corporation - Damian Nussbaum - Director, Economic Development
  • CK Hutchison - Christian Salbaing - Deputy Chairman, Europe - Hutchison Whampoa
  • EY LLP - Mark Gregory - Chief Economist
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP - Gavin Davies - Head, Global M&A Practice
  • Imperial College Business School and Member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee – Jonathan Haskel - Professor of Economics
  • Invest Northern Ireland - Rose Mary Stalker - Chair
  • Leeds City Region LEP, NP11 LEP Network - Roger Marsh - Chair
  • Mace – Jason Millet – CEO for Consultancy
  • MTR Europe and Chairman OxLEP - Jeremy Long - Chief Executive Officer
  • Oxford Sciences Innovation - Jim Wilkinson - Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Scottish Power - Keith Anderson - Chief Executive Officer
  • Tata Limited - Tim Jones - Executive Director
  • Vodafone - Joakim Reiter - Group External Affairs Director

3.9 Transport services

The members are:

  • Airlines UK - Jane Middleton - Chair
  • Associated British Ports - Andrew Harston - Director, Wales & Short Sea Ports
  • British Aviation Group – Shakir Khaja - Partner and Business Director of Aviation at Arcadis and Business Intelligence Working Group Lead at BAG
  • DFDS Seaways plc - Andrew Byrne - Managing Director
  • DHL Express – Ian Wilson – Chief Executive Officer UK and Ireland
  • DP World London Gateway - Ernst Schulze - Chief Executive Officer
  • DPD - Tim Jones - Director of Marketing
  • Fedex - Trevor Hoyle - Senior Vice President
  • Heathrow - Emma Gilthorpe - Chief Operating Officer
  • Hutchison Ports UK - Clemence Cheng - MD Europe Division
  • Logistics UK - David Wells - Chief Executive Officer
  • Maersk - Jeremy Haycock - Managing Director, UK and Ireland
  • Manchester Airports Group - Karen Smart - Managing Director, Manchester Airport
  • Prologis UK - Paul Weston - Senior Vice President
  • Rail Supply Group – Anna Ince – Vice Chair
  • Railway Industry Association – David Tonkin - Non Executive Chairman
  • Royal Mail - Stuart Simpson - Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Chamber of Shipping – Bob Sanguinetti – Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Major Ports Group - Tim Morris - Chief Executive Officer
  • Wincanton - James Wroath - Chief Executive Officer
  • XPO Logistics, Inc - Gavin Williams - Managing Director

3.10 Professional advisory services

The members are:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - Helen Brand OBE - Chief Executive Officer
  • Clifford Chance - Jessica Gladstone - Partner
  • Deloitte - Nick Owen - Chairman
  • Eversheds Sutherland - Keith Froud - Managing Partner (International)
  • EY LLP - Sally Jones - Partner
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - Michael Izza – CEO
  • KPMG - Bina Mehta - Partner and Member of the UK Board
  • PwC – Sir Charles Bowman – Partner
  • Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors - Christopher Alder – Director of Regulation
  • The Bar Council - Christian Wisskirchen - Head of Policy, International
  • The City of London Corporation - Catherine McGuinness - Chair, Policy and Resources Committee
  • The Law Society England & Wales - Robert Bourns - Board Chair
  • The Law Society of Northern Ireland - David Lavery CB - Chief Executive Officer
  • The Law Society of Scotland - Lorna Jack - Chief Executive Officer
  • TheCityUK - Miles Celic - Chief Executive Officer

3.11 Financial services

The members are:

  • Aviva - Amanda Blanc - Chief Executive Officer
  • Association of British Insurers – Huw Evans – Director General
  • Barclays - Jes Staley - Group Chief Executive
  • EY LLP - Omar Ali - UK Financial Services Managing Partner
  • Fidelity International - Anne Richards - Chief Executive Officer
  • Flood Re - Mark Hoban - Chair
  • Green Finance Institute - Dr Rhian - Mari Thomas OBE - Chief Executive Officer
  • HSBC - Mark Tucker - Group Chairman
  • Impact Investing Institute - Dame Elizabeth Corley - Chair, Board
  • Innovate Finance - Charlotte Crosswell - Chief Executive Officer
  • Investment Association – Chris Cummings – Chief Executive Officer
  • Linklaters - Charlotte Morgan - Partner
  • Lloyds of London – Bruce Carnegie-Brown – Chairman
  • London Stock Exchange Group - Rosie Donachie - Group Head of Government Relations & Regulatory Strategy
  • Refinitiv - David Craig - Chief Executive Officer
  • Revolut - Nikolay Storonsky – Founder & CEO
  • Standard Chartered – Clare Francis – CEO UK
  • The City of London Corporation - Catherine McGuinness - Chair, Policy and Resources Committee
  • TheCityUK - Miles Celic - Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Finance - Bob Wigley - Chair

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