About Me


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, the need for qualifications and support for businesses. Co-Chair of the Bribery Act 2010 Scrutiny expert panel working with FCDO and the Gov. Anti-corruption Champion; advising on APPG Advisory Panels on Trade & Investment and Manufacturing and Select Committees supporting SMEs. ICC/WTO MSME trade negotiation. WTO Alliance & Trade & Investment Committee.

Using her years of experience teaching and training businesses owners and managers to trade competently internationally she now adopts a Boot Camp approach which guarantees engagement and results. With invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing Lesley has been 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 to speak at, or MC events and for comment on Brexit and international trade issues, writing thought leadership pieces for many journals, TV and radio stations.


  • Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Institute of Export
  • Coventry University – Certified IP Auditor
  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Credit Management
  • Fellow Institute of Export & International Trade
  • Associate Member British Freight International Association
  • The Queen’s Award Office – 2009 to date – Panel for international trade category
  • [Final recommendations to the Prime Minister’s office.]
  • ICC Committees for WTO MSMEs in international trade,
  • FCDO Business Integrity Initiative – past co-chair and expert panel member 2019 ongoing
  • Board Advisor to Smart & Savvy Women Ltd – 2021
  • Mentor to Merseyside Community Training College
  • Barclays Business Awards for International Trade – 2020, 2021


  • Current COO Open Borders Direct Ltd
  • Current Owner International Trade Experts Ltd
  • Director General Institute of Export & International Trade (Charity)
  • Director IOE Training Ltd
  • Director IBDE Ltd
  • CEO Open to Export CIC
  • Owner CMC Strategy & Training
  • Product Manager Canon
  • Marketing Manager Skytech (Novell Networking Products)
  • European Development Manager Fujitsu Europe
  • International Travel Executive Coca-Cola Europe
  • Export Manager Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals