Louis Taylor, Chief Executive, UK Export Finance

Making exports happen in a post-Brexit UK

The UK is the world’s sixth-largest exporter, with a remarkable history as a great trading nation, with world-leading goods, services and technology. But how will we maintain – and build on – this position as we seek to establish the UK as a confident, outward-facing nation outside the EU? The answer is – at least in part – UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s world-leading export credit agency (ECA), and part of the Department for International Trade. UKEF was established as the world’s first ECA, and continues to support exporters in a fast-changing geopolitical and economic landscape nearly 100 years later; in the last five years, it has provided over £15 billion in support to make hundreds of exporters’ overseas sales happen.

Join Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance, to find out how UKEF is driving the UK’s export performance, helping to realise our Industrial Strategy and the Prime Minister’s Plan for Britain.


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  • About the speaker

    Louis Taylor is Chief Executive of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency.

    Before joining UKEF, Louis held a range of senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, including from 2013-15 as Chief Operating Officer of Group Treasury, based in London. Before that, he spent three years as the bank’s CEO for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, based in Ho Chi Minh City. During this time he was also Vice Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Eurocham). He joined Standard Chartered in London in 2004, working in Group Corporate Development, which undertakes the bank’s acquisitions, divestments and other inorganic growth initiatives.

    His earlier career included eight years working for JP Morgan in debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, and five years in corporate development and strategy with two industrial companies, Cookson Group plc and BTR plc.

    Louis is a former chair of trustees of the charity Music in Prisons, which runs music education projects to help rehabilitate offenders, and a former chair of governors of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has an MA in Law from Cambridge University.