Marian Sudbury

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A Cambridge graduate with an MBA, Marian’s background as a senior business leader means she brings commercial acumen to the role of Global Operations Director in UKTI.

Marian has worked on behalf of major blue chip companies, charities and government, defining organisational direction and designing and delivering short and long-term commercial strategy. She was made a Board Director in 2001 for planning and then setting up the international division within a Greater Manchester research firm.

Subsequently a Senior Vice President in a top 15 research firm she ran a business division providing research and advice to multinationals such as DuPont, Caterpillar, Mars and Oxfam. She then founded her own lifestyle business which worked for clients in locations ranging from Sakhalin to Birmingham Alabama. After three very successful years of trading she experienced, at a very personal level, the impact of the banking crisis.

Her career in advising FDI clients began in Istanbul, where she helped Eveready, Mercedes and Avon Cosmetics understand how to operate in the Turkish market.

Since January 2013 she has been working with UKTI to lead global operations. This involves working with 51 countries to bring investment to the UK, specifically:

  • Ensuring UKTI staff talking to investors overseas have the best possible knowledge and support to help potential investors understand the opportunities in the UK;
  • Leading UKTI’s work with stakeholders from across the UK on how to work with investors to encourage jobs and growth;
  • Encouraging high potential entrepreneurs to locate and expand their businesses in the UK.

Her focus throughout is on growing the UK economy through helping high quality investors from overseas run successful businesses in the UK.