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Ministerial Trade Board

Role of the group

The Trade and Investment Strategy included a commitment to create a Trade Board to boost the number of exporters, to help join up services and support and increase the number of exports to new markets.

The membership of the Board is deliberately business-focused and brings together a range of people with significant expertise and relevant experience in exporting activity from a variety of perspectives who will perform an advisory function to the Scottish Government.

The Trade Board will meet four times a year.


The Board will:

  • consider and provide advice on the delivery of Scotland's Trade and Investment Strategy
  • in the light of the EU referendum, suggest new ways to maintain and boost Scotland's export performance
  • provide advice on global market and sector opportunities and challenges and how best to realise and address them
  • promote a 'One Scotland', collaborative approach across the public, private and academic sectors and among individuals and businesses, to the use of combined resources, expertise and networks to boost exports
  • consider and provide advice on how public and private organisations providing information, advice and support to businesses can work more effectively together, reach more businesses and maximise their impact
  • consider and provide advice on raising Scotland's profile and reputation and using networks and relationships to boost exports
  • promote international ambition and mindset among Scotland's businesses, including by raising the profile of export success
  • consider the impact of relevant factors, such as the import of component products or raw materials and supply chain linkages, on the ability of companies to export and what action might be taken to minimise any potential barriers
  • monitor and provide feedback on data and evidence on Scotland's export performance


  • Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work (Chair)
  • Eric Balish, Head of Corporate Trade Sales - UK & Ireland, Bank ABC
  • Michelle Crossan-Matos, V.P European Strategy & Transformation, Samsung
  • Russell Dalgleish, Managing Partner Exolta Partners, Co-Founder Scottish Business Network
  • Rachel Jones, CEO and Founder, SnapDragon
  • Afzal Khushi, Director, Trespass
  • Jane Richardson, Communications Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland
  • Linda Steedman, CEO / Director, eCom Scotland Ltd
  • James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink
  • Prof. Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen