The government’s international business development body has appointed seven new board members to help double exports to £1 trillion a year by 2020.

The move to take on the new board members forms part of UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) five-year plan entitled ‘Britain open for business’, helping to support UK companies in beginning and expanding exports.

The new appointments include Crispin Simon, Sandra Rogers and Jon Harding, who will take on the roles of managing director of trade development, managing director of marketing and communications, and chief operating officer respectively.

Gavin Little will join UKTI as managing director of investment development next month, while Alex Dorrian, Dale Murray and Jan Ward joined as non-executive members of the board at the start of October.

Nick Baird, chief executive of UKTI, said:
“Supporting more UK businesses to export is a key plank in the government’s plan for growth. UKTI has reorganised itself to ensure we are providing practical support to exporters and inward investors over the next five years.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract to UKTI senior executives to bolster the top team and provide leadership across the organisation. Our non-executive board members will also play an active part in guiding and advising UKTI on taking forward this important work.”

UKTI’s five-year strategy will look at achieving four elements, including the encouragement of more small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to export, all UK businesses winning high-value opportunities overseas, high-quality inward investment such as UK infrastructure and regeneration projects, and building strategic relationships with senior members of both businesses in the UK and abroad.