ADVISORY BOARD


 Lord Boyce became First Sea Lord in 1998, Chief of Defence Staff at the beginning of 2001 and retired in May 2003. He was elevated to the peerage in June 2003 and sits on the Cross Benches. He is Chairman of the D Group Advisory Board, Protection Group International Advisory Board and Atkins International Advisory Board. He was an NED and SID of WS Atkins plc (2004-2013), an NED of VT Group plc (2004-2010) and a former Advisor to Computer Sciences Corporation and Atos.

Lord Boyce became First Sea Lord in 1998, Chief of Defence Staff at the beginning of 2001 and retired in May 2003. He was elevated to the peerage in June 2003 and sits on the Cross Benches. He is Chairman of the D Group Advisory Board, Protection Group International Advisory Board and Atkins International Advisory Board. He was an NED and SID of WS Atkins plc (2004-2013), an NED of VT Group plc (2004-2010) and a former Advisor to Computer Sciences Corporation and Atos.

Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
Chairman of the Advisory Board

 Stephen is an engineer and has worked in the energy sector for most of his career, both in UK and internationally. He was previously VP Europe for GE Power, Regional VP Europe for Alstom and, before that, Country President for Alstom in the UK. Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of the University Hospitals Trust of North Midlands and also the Deputy President of the French Chamber of Great Britain. Stephen maintains strong links with the education sector, having been Chair of the Board of Governors of Staffordshire University.

Stephen is an engineer and has worked in the energy sector for most of his career, both in UK and internationally. He was previously VP Europe for GE Power, Regional VP Europe for Alstom and, before that, Country President for Alstom in the UK. Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of the University Hospitals Trust of North Midlands and also the Deputy President of the French Chamber of Great Britain. Stephen maintains strong links with the education sector, having been Chair of the Board of Governors of Staffordshire University.

Stephen Burgin
Member of the Advisory Board

 Broadcaster, author and journalist specialising in the Middle East, Central Asia, defence, intelligence and nuclear proliferation issues.

Broadcaster, author and journalist specialising in the Middle East, Central Asia, defence, intelligence and nuclear proliferation issues.

Jane Corbin
Member of the Advisory Board

 Philippa began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department. She is a former NED at the Ministry of Defence, and Director of the Institute for Business Ethics.

Philippa began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department. She is a former NED at the Ministry of Defence, and Director of the Institute for Business Ethics.

Philippa Foster Back CBE
Member of the Advisory Board

 Sir Nigel, former Global Co-Chairman of DLA Piper, was knighted for services to the legal profession in the 2009 New Year Honours List. Sir Nigel is currently Chairman of Sheffield LEP, High Sheriff of Greater London and a Trustee of The Prince's Trust.

Sir Nigel, former Global Co-Chairman of DLA Piper, was knighted for services to the legal profession in the 2009 New Year Honours List. Sir Nigel is currently Chairman of Sheffield LEP, High Sheriff of Greater London and a Trustee of The Prince's Trust.

Sir Nigel Knowles
Member of the Advisory Board

 Paul Lester CBE is Chairman of seven organisations: Essentra, Greenergy International, Survitec Group, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Norland Managed Services, Peverel and Parabis. He is also a non executive director of Invensys plc. Previously from 2002 to 2010 he was chief executive of VT Group plc. He was also Chairman of Marine Current Turbines from 2010 to 2012.

Paul Lester CBE is Chairman of seven organisations: Essentra, Greenergy International, Survitec Group, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Norland Managed Services, Peverel and Parabis. He is also a non executive director of Invensys plc. Previously from 2002 to 2010 he was chief executive of VT Group plc. He was also Chairman of Marine Current Turbines from 2010 to 2012.

Paul Lester CBE
Member of the Advisory Board

 Elizabeth, a US national, is one of the UK’s foremost commentators and experts on the impact of social media in government, business and diplomacy. She previously founded and built Facebook’s Politics and Government division for the EMEA region, heading the team from London during the Arab Spring.

Elizabeth, a US national, is one of the UK’s foremost commentators and experts on the impact of social media in government, business and diplomacy. She previously founded and built Facebook’s Politics and Government division for the EMEA region, heading the team from London during the Arab Spring.

Elizabeth Linder
Member of the Advisory Board

 Baroness Symons is a senior Labour Peer and former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. She was a Minister in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005, and served as Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade, Minister for Defence Procurement. She has been the Chair of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) since 2010.

Baroness Symons is a senior Labour Peer and former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. She was a Minister in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005, and served as Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade, Minister for Defence Procurement. She has been the Chair of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) since 2010.

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Member of the Advisory Board

 
 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Languages spoken in addition to English - Mandarin, Portuguese, Malay, Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Romanian and Russian.


  Peter O'Kane  Executive Chairman  Peter is an experienced banker, business investor and company director. He first experienced D Group when he was chairman and owner of Crosby, the pan-Asian investment bank. He has worked in and advised leading corporations from the US, China, much of S.E Asia and the Nordic markets.

Peter O'Kane
Executive Chairman

Peter is an experienced banker, business investor and company director. He first experienced D Group when he was chairman and owner of Crosby, the pan-Asian investment bank. He has worked in and advised leading corporations from the US, China, much of S.E Asia and the Nordic markets.

  Tracey Smith  Deputy Chair and CEO of British Expertise International  Tracey joined British Expertise in 2009, having previously held a number of senior positions within a variety of B2B consultancy and FDI organisations. She spearheaded the integration of British Expertise into the Strategy International Group during 2015 and now works to further strengthen the international network and footprint of members’ access to opportunities around the world.

Tracey Smith
Deputy Chair and CEO of British Expertise International

Tracey joined British Expertise in 2009, having previously held a number of senior positions within a variety of B2B consultancy and FDI organisations. She spearheaded the integration of British Expertise into the Strategy International Group during 2015 and now works to further strengthen the international network and footprint of members’ access to opportunities around the world.

  Seumas Kerr CBE  Managing Director, The D Group  Seumas is responsible for delivering all aspects of The D Group’s services. He joined us in 2017 after roles at the top of the UK EPC and outsourcing sector and prior to that as a Major-General in the UK Armed Forces. He has recent experience in the Middle East and is working to further strengthen both a UK and International Pan-Sector network for Members.

Seumas Kerr CBE
Managing Director, The D Group

Seumas is responsible for delivering all aspects of The D Group’s services. He joined us in 2017 after roles at the top of the UK EPC and outsourcing sector and prior to that as a Major-General in the UK Armed Forces. He has recent experience in the Middle East and is working to further strengthen both a UK and International Pan-Sector network for Members.


ACCOUNT COVERAGE


 James is Director, Private Sector Accounts, working with Strategy International members to maximise their business development opportunities both in the UK and overseas. James also leads on our Defence & Security initiatives, advising defence primes, support services and cyber security companies on a range of strategic projects.

James is Director, Private Sector Accounts, working with Strategy International members to maximise their business development opportunities both in the UK and overseas. James also leads on our Defence & Security initiatives, advising defence primes, support services and cyber security companies on a range of strategic projects.

James Jones
Director, Account Management

 Derrick is responsible for manging relationships with International Development members and key stakeholders in addition to building the membership base. He will drive the International Development members’ engagement programme with key stakeholders including DFID and other HMG departments. Derrick has both development and private sector experience working mostly in Southern Africa and South Asia, but also some time in South East Asia. He has a MBA Marketing degree from the University of Leicester, UK.

Derrick is responsible for manging relationships with International Development members and key stakeholders in addition to building the membership base. He will drive the International Development members’ engagement programme with key stakeholders including DFID and other HMG departments. Derrick has both development and private sector experience working mostly in Southern Africa and South Asia, but also some time in South East Asia. He has a MBA Marketing degree from the University of Leicester, UK.

Derrick Sanyahumbi
Director, Government - Prosperity and International Development

 Ruari is one of the Account Managers at the D Group. He works to assist his members with their strategic business development tasks and the programme of events.

Ruari is one of the Account Managers at the D Group. He works to assist his members with their strategic business development tasks and the programme of events.

Ruari Cahill
Account Manager, Government

 Luisa is an Account Manager for Strategy International, supervising the Legal, Professional and Education sectors. She also manages Strategy International's future leaders talent development programme, The Future Group. Luisa graduated in 2016 from Cass Business School London, completing a Business Studies degree with a specialism in Financial services. Previously, Luisa worked in Asset Management and Alternative Investment. Luisa is also part of the Cass Business School Advisory Board.

Luisa is an Account Manager for Strategy International, supervising the Legal, Professional and Education sectors. She also manages Strategy International's future leaders talent development programme, The Future Group. Luisa graduated in 2016 from Cass Business School London, completing a Business Studies degree with a specialism in Financial services. Previously, Luisa worked in Asset Management and Alternative Investment. Luisa is also part of the Cass Business School Advisory Board.

Luisa Edves
Account Manager, Legal, Professional and Education

 Edward is an Account Manager here at Strategy International, focusing on the Defence and Security sectors. He also works on the management of Infrastructure Exports: UK, a DIT initiative. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics in 2017.

Edward is an Account Manager here at Strategy International, focusing on the Defence and Security sectors. He also works on the management of Infrastructure Exports: UK, a DIT initiative. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics in 2017.

Edward Thicknesse
Account Manager, Defence and Security

 Sue has been with British Expertise for 11 years and is Executive Assistant to Peter O’Kane and Tracey Smith. She also manages SME member relationships and facilitates trade missions worldwide.

Sue has been with British Expertise for 11 years and is Executive Assistant to Peter O’Kane and Tracey Smith. She also manages SME member relationships and facilitates trade missions worldwide.

Sue Watkins
Account Manager, SME Relationships


 Alexandra has been with Strategy International since 2014 and currently oversees all aspects of Operations for The D Group. She is also Director of the Central Asia and Transcaucasus Business Information Group within British Expertise International.

Alexandra has been with Strategy International since 2014 and currently oversees all aspects of Operations for The D Group. She is also Director of the Central Asia and Transcaucasus Business Information Group within British Expertise International.

Alexandra Barnes
Operations Director, The D Group
Director, CATBIG, BEI

 Margot joined Strategy International in 2017 and now coordinates all D Group events, looks after the Managing Director’s diary and assists with account management. She has a MA in International Relations from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Applied Foreign Languages, Technical Translation from Paris 7 – Denis Diderot. Languages: French and Spanish.

Margot joined Strategy International in 2017 and now coordinates all D Group events, looks after the Managing Director’s diary and assists with account management. She has a MA in International Relations from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Applied Foreign Languages, Technical Translation from Paris 7 – Denis Diderot. Languages: French and Spanish.

Margot Stumm
Executive Manager, The D Group

 Melina works with Strategy International’s Chairman on developing our International Networks. She is also responsible for planning and delivery of the four largest events in our calendar, including the BEI Awards. Melina’s prior career has centred around global artist and event management.

Melina works with Strategy International’s Chairman on developing our International Networks. She is also responsible for planning and delivery of the four largest events in our calendar, including the BEI Awards. Melina’s prior career has centred around global artist and event management.

Melina Tay
Manager, International Networks & Special Events


GROUP COMMUNICATIONS


 Having worked previously at 1HQ, a global branding agency with a focus on strategic insight and persuasive creativity, Oscar joined Inspire Publishing as Creative Director in 2014. He set out with a vision to enhance the companies core brands, publications and digital offering. Oscar is now Head of Design and oversees creative direction across the Strategy International group.

Having worked previously at 1HQ, a global branding agency with a focus on strategic insight and persuasive creativity, Oscar joined Inspire Publishing as Creative Director in 2014. He set out with a vision to enhance the companies core brands, publications and digital offering. Oscar is now Head of Design and oversees creative direction across the Strategy International group.

Oscar Bowring
Head of Design

 Nadia is an experienced Art Editor, and has designed a variety of magazines and books in business, consumer and partner-publishing, as well as Graphic Design for marketing and events. She joined Strategy International in 2017.

Nadia is an experienced Art Editor, and has designed a variety of magazines and books in business, consumer and partner-publishing, as well as Graphic Design for marketing and events. She joined Strategy International in 2017.

Nadia Nelson
Art Editor


EVENTS


 Kassy joined Strategy International in 2018 and coordinates all BEI events. Prior to joining BEI, Kassy was a Corporate Finance manager in Partner Capital, specialising in project management and delivering strategic collaborations and high-value partnership for cross-border investors. She can speak Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kassy joined Strategy International in 2018 and coordinates all BEI events. Prior to joining BEI, Kassy was a Corporate Finance manager in Partner Capital, specialising in project management and delivering strategic collaborations and high-value partnership for cross-border investors. She can speak Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kassy Liu
Events Coordinator, BEI


EXHIBITIONS


 Amina works both as gallery manager/curator and as part of The D Group events team. She joined us from The Natural History Museum in March 2018. D Contemporary is a niche arts showcase which delivers a mix of exhibitions of relevance to its membership, alongside a range of charitable fund-raisers. Languages. Greek.

Amina works both as gallery manager/curator and as part of The D Group events team. She joined us from The Natural History Museum in March 2018. D Contemporary is a niche arts showcase which delivers a mix of exhibitions of relevance to its membership, alongside a range of charitable fund-raisers. Languages. Greek.

Amina Mona
Manager, D Contemporary


FINANCE


 Nicola has been with the group since 2015 and assists the Finance Director in all aspects of accounts administration.

Nicola has been with the group since 2015 and assists the Finance Director in all aspects of accounts administration.

Nicola McKelvey
Accounts Administrator

 Dora joined Strategy International in 2018 and responsible for company accounts, the financial control of its business operations and as well as further supporting roles for companies specialising in Asia market. She has a distinction Msc degree in International accounting and finance and Prior to joining SIL she was with Partner Capital Ltd.

Dora joined Strategy International in 2018 and responsible for company accounts, the financial control of its business operations and as well as further supporting roles for companies specialising in Asia market. She has a distinction Msc degree in International accounting and finance and Prior to joining SIL she was with Partner Capital Ltd.

Dora Xiao Zheng
Finance Manager

 

EVENTS CHAIR


 Ian has extensive experience of helping British companies develop relationships and business: in a career with the UK Diplomatic Service he worked in a wide range of roles in London and abroad, regularly helping promote UK commercial interests in many environments.

Ian has extensive experience of helping British companies develop relationships and business: in a career with the UK Diplomatic Service he worked in a wide range of roles in London and abroad, regularly helping promote UK commercial interests in many environments.

Ian Lancaster
Development Director

 Frances has worked as an international conference interpreter for major international organisations and heads of state and government. A best-selling author, broadcaster and professional public speaker once voted the UK’s most entertaining female speaker in a survey by The Times.

Frances has worked as an international conference interpreter for major international organisations and heads of state and government. A best-selling author, broadcaster and professional public speaker once voted the UK’s most entertaining female speaker in a survey by The Times.

Frances Edmonds
Director of Events

 Tom Cargill is the Executive Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, a not for profit organisation supported by Strategy International which seeks to improve the quality of national engagement on foreign policy issues. Tom has extensive experience working across private, policy and charitable sectors, including with the engineering multinational Bechtel and the Royal Institute of International Affairs working on diverse issues such as international business development strategy, Africa’s changing international role, and opportunities for the UK in a changing world.

Tom Cargill is the Executive Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, a not for profit organisation supported by Strategy International which seeks to improve the quality of national engagement on foreign policy issues. Tom has extensive experience working across private, policy and charitable sectors, including with the engineering multinational Bechtel and the Royal Institute of International Affairs working on diverse issues such as international business development strategy, Africa’s changing international role, and opportunities for the UK in a changing world.

Tom Cargill
Executive Director of BFPG