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


  • Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation (Chair)
  • Eric Balish, Head of Corporate Trade Sales - UK & Ireland, Bank ABC
  • Michelle Crossan-Matos, VP Strategy & Transformation, Samsung Electronics America
  • 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, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Additional Membership Opportunities

We are currently looking for new and additional Trade Board members by undertaking a campaign to reach the wider business community in Scotland and beyond. Using the Scottish Government’s LinkedIn account, our Twitter presence - @ScotGov and @ScotGovEconomy - and those of our enterprise agencies - @DITIscotland, @ScotDevInt, @scotent and @HIEScotland - we can reach out to business leaders who have both the experience and interest to support the work of the Trade Board.

If you are interested in taking up a Trade Board role then please email an expression of interest to the Trade Promotion Team. Your expression of interest should include the following detail to allow Scottish Government officials to properly assess suitability:

  • company name
  • sector
  • number of employees
  • turnover
  • % of turnover from exports
  • number of years exporting experience
  • priority markets
  • a short written statement detailing:
  1. what knowledge and experience you can bring to the Trade Board.
  2. why you feel it is important to improve Scotland's export performance.
  3. your ideas on boosting Scottish exports.
  4. what you think the Scottish Government can/should do to support this.

Please note that a closing date of 12 December 2018 has been set for applications to be submitted. No applications will be accepted after this date.