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Transport sector advises DIT on trade issues

Mark Moran
27 August 2020
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss


The Department for International Trade (DIT) has created a set of trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors through which business people can share insight and expertise to inform UK negotiating position in international trade talks.

The 11 trade advisory groups (TAGs), cover key industries across Britain, including farming, manufacturing, transport and automotive. The groups’ advice will be used to help inform the government’s negotiating position, including securing new market access on products and agreeing digital trade rules.

The Trade Advisory Groups:

  • Agri-Food
  • Automotive, Aerospace and Marine
  • British Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
  • Investment
  • Life Sciences
  • Tech and Telecoms
  • Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Advisory Services
  • Transport Services
  • Creative Industries

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “This is about bringing business closer to the negotiating table and using their expertise to help secure the best possible deals that deliver jobs and growth across Britain. Talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand are entering their crucial latter stages, so it is only right that we step up engagement with vital industries to utilise their technical and strategic expertise.”

Transport Services
The members are:

  • Airlines UK - Jane Middleton, Chair
  • Associated British Ports - Andrew Harston, Director, Wales & Short Sea Ports
  • DFDS Seaways plc - Andrew Byrne, Managing Director
  • DP World London Gateway - Ernst Schulze, Chief Executive Officer
  • DPD - Tim Jones, Director of Marketing
  • Fedex - Trevor Hoyle, Senior Vice President
  • Heathrow Airport - Emma Gilthorpe, COO
  • 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
  • Royal Mail - Stuart Simpson, Chief Executive Officer
  • UK Major Ports Group - Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer
  • UPS - Mark Vale, President UK, Ireland and Nordics
  • XPO Logistics, Inc - Gavin Williams, Managing Director

Automotive, Aerospace and Marine
The members are:

  • Airbus UK - Katherine Bennett, Senior Vice President
  • BMT Group - Sarah Kenn, Chief Executive Officer
  • 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
  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) - Mike Hawes, Chief Executive Officer

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