Susan Haird

Associate Director, Trade and Investment

Susan has 20 years’ experience in Trade and Investment having completed a highly distinguished career in the UK civil service with a focus on international trade and investment, and human resources and transformation. In her last post, Susan was Deputy Chief Executive of UKTI.

Susan provides strategic direction to our Trade & Investment team using her experience of operating at board level in both executive and non-executive roles.

She has been a member of UKTI executive board and the boards of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In a non-executive capacity, Susan has been on the board of the Export Credits Guarantee Department and the Engineering Employers Federation.

Between 2012 and 2017, Susan was the European Trade and Investment Representative for British Columbia (BC), where she was responsible for helping BC companies export to Europe and attracting inward investment from Europe into BC.

In addition to this, Susan has extensive experience of working as a consultant for overseas jurisdictions in the field of international trade and foreign direct investment, by offering trade, investment and economic development advisory services to a number of countries.

Susan has experience of United Nations and European Union negotiations and has represented the UK in a wide range of international fora, including as UK Governor on both the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.