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UK Trade and Investment
Director, Services Group
Sue Bishop joined UKTI as Director, Services Group on 1 January 2012.
Prior to this Sue was Deputy Director, Relationships and Programme Management, within the Regional Development Agency (RDA) Transition and Closure Directorate, having previously been responsible for Government’s relationship with and £2bn budget for the 9 English RDAs.
Sue returned to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills after a period of secondment in Shanghai, firstly with the Foreign Office (as British Consul General 2003-2006), followed by 2 years with the University of Nottingham Ningbo where she was Head of the Centre for Global Finance from January 2007 until December 2008. Sue was responsible for setting up the Centre in 2007, focussing on research in finance, with a particular emphasis on the Yangtse River Delta region. The Centre was also engaged in research into Corporate Social Responsibility and successfully ran an executive education programme for senior Ningbo executives on behalf of the Ningbo government.
Sue graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Chinese Studies from Durham University, UK. She has also studied Chinese language at the Beijing Language Institute and Modern Chinese Literature at Fudan University, Shanghai. Having worked in business in Hong Kong for Interkiln China Operations Ltd, a ceramic engineering company with joint ventures in China, she joined the British Government in the Department for Trade and Industry in 1988. She has held several positions within the DTI, including Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, Chief Press Officer, and Director, Marine (where she was concurrently Chairman of British Shipbuilders). She has also held policy advisory roles in the telecoms, aerospace, marine and defence sectors. Sue has enjoyed three overseas postings – as 2nd Secretary (Industry) at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in 1992; as Deputy Commercial Counsellor in the British Embassy Beijing (1995-98), with a particular focus on the financial services sector; and most recently as British Consul General Shanghai (2003-2006). During her time in Beijing and Shanghai Sue helped many British companies progress their business interests in China, and an increasing number of Chinese companies locate, or raise capital, in the UK. She has a particular interest in the development of civil society in China, and the role that responsible business can play in promoting that.