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IoD South Online: Global Supply Chains and Export Opportunities for UK Business

04 Oct 2021
Online webinar, Online
As we start to emerge out of the shadow of the pandemic and enter a period of stabilisation following the UK's European Union exit, it is vital for UK business to identify new areas of opportunity for trade.

In this session, Barry Leahey MBE, CEO of Playdale Playgrounds will discuss his experience of exporting, his recent award from the Department for International Trade and the benefits his business has experienced.

As a former Trade Commissioner, Andrew Mitchell, Director General of the Department for International Trade will highlight what support is in place for UK business and highlight the benefits of becoming an exporter. 

Diana Popescu is the Business Manager of Piltec limited who are a key level 2 supplier to the Automotive Industry in Europe, will talk about how they overcame challenges related to exporting following Brexit.

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Date & time: 04 Oct 2021 09:00 - 10:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Event manager:
Tania Toriello
Contact phone:
020 8078 4047


Andrew Mitchell CMG - Director General Exports and UK Trade

Andrew Mitchell was appointed a Director General at the Department for International Trade in May 2020.

Andrew was previously Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Europe, responsible for the Department for International Trade's work promoting trade and investment with the countries of Europe. Prior to this he held senior positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Andrew led the government's international work on Prosperity and was the FCO's Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Andrew served in Germany and Nepal and was Her Majesty's Ambassador to Sweden. Andrew's work in the private sector focused on major international events, including World Expos and Olympic Games. 

In his current role as Director General for Exports and UK Trade, Andrew is responsible for the department's work on exports, UK Regions and the Devolved Administrations, and global supply chains.

Barry Leahey MBE - Chief Executive Officer of Playdale Playgrounds Ltd

Dynamic, ambitious and results focused CEO educated to MBA level with international experience in both blue chip and SME environments.

Highly self-motivated and resourceful with a proven ability to develop, strengthen and inspire global teams in order to maximise company efficiency and shareholder profit.

A track record in successfully engaging customers, suppliers and stakeholders to establish long-term successful partnerships.

Significantly experienced in turnaround managing P&L budgets, managing large, multi-disciplined teams and implementing cultural change to drive accelerated growth and profit. Equipped with a thorough understanding of the sales process and people psychology; able to leverage a genuine people focused management philosophy to motivate and empower teams and individuals to regularly exceed challenging objectives and targets.

As a volunteer: in 2018 became Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) – Honorary Teaching Fellow, Lancaster University Management School and active in CSR events personally raising in excess of £3,500 in 2018 and now a Charity Liaison Officer for the World Traders Livery company and Patron of Lancashire Teaching Hospital Children's appeal charity.

Diana Popescu - Business Manager of Piltec Limited

MBA educated Business Manager with over 15 years of commercial, legal and financial expertise in private and charity sectors. Passionate about achieving transformation and operational excellence, Diana provides strategic leadership and operations management implementation to Piltec Ltd, a key global Tier 2 automotive supplier.



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