British Expertise International

A warm welcome from our team and our 100+ corporate and institutional members to British Expertise International (BEI).

We are a unique business development organisation dedicated to supporting our members and stakeholders explore, assess and win business opportunities globally in all forms of infrastructure, capacity building and international development, with a particular focus on the dynamic and growing markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South East Europe.

Our members range from some of the UK’s largest companies, to some of the smallest. They work across a range of sectors from infrastructure to education, health and international development, but all share a common goal of exporting the best of UK expertise in professional services.

BEI works closely with the UK and foreign governments to help our members understand international markets and opportunities they present through a wide range of activities. These include networking events, sector-focused forums, bespoke international market intelligence, and demand-based trade missions. BEI has successfully delivered this unique focus, working both through our networks and alongside the UK government and other stakeholders, for over 50 years.

Focused Networking

Our programme of regular meetings and events, over 100 per year, focusses on the markets and sectors you operate in, or would like to.


We lead high profile missions internationally, both independently and in partnership with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Targeted Leads

We disseminate targeted leads for potential business from all over the world across a whole spectrum of sectors and disciplines.

Market Intelligence

Approaching overseas markets can be difficult. We can provide our knowledge on the countries and regions in which you work.

Problem Solving

We help our members think through challenges and possible solutions.

Engaging with Government

We actively engage with government on issues of member interest, organising and convening activities as appropriate.

Say hello to our team

We are here to support our members. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your business needs.


Tom Cargill



Derrick Sanyahumbi

Chief Operating Officer

Derrick is responsible for manging relationships with International Development members and key stakeholders in addition to building the membership base. He will drive the International Development members’ engagement programme with key stakeholders including DFID and other HMG departments. Derrick has both development and privates sector experience working mostly in Southern Africa and South Asia, but also some time in South East Asia. He has a MBA Marketing degree from the University of Leicester, UK.

Alexandra Barnes

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Alexandra coordinates engagement with potential new members. She previously headed up the Strategy International events programme, and prior to that worked at IMG Artists, where she worked for a portfolio of top classical artists and was engaged in business development.

Sue Watkins

Account Manager, SME Relationships

Sue has been with British Expertise for 11 years and is Executive Assistant to Peter O’Kane and Tracey Smith. She also manages SME member relationships and facilitates trade missions worldwide.

Matt Gillow

Events Co-ordinator


Matthew Gibbons

Events & Communications

Annual Events

Peter O'Kane

Executive Chairman, Strategy International

Peter is an experienced banker, business investor and company director. He first experienced D Group when he was chairman and owner of Crosby, the pan-Asian investment bank. He has worked in and advised leading corporations from the US, China, much of S.E Asia and the Nordic markets.

Nicola McKelvey

Accounts Administrator

Nicola has been with the group since 2015 and assists the Finance Director in all aspects of accounts administration.

Nadia Nelson

Art Editor

Nadia is an experienced Art Editor and has designed a variety of magazines and books in business, consumer and partner-publishing. She joined Inspire in 2014 and created their signature titles Global Opportunity and Global Opportunity Healthcare, as well as working on projects for Strategy International.

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