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 assisting our members and stakeholders locate, assess and win projects globally in all forms of professional infrastructure services and international development.

Our members employ over six million worldwide and represent the best of UK-based capability operating internationally. Whether you are involved in delivery of transport, energy, sports, security, healthcare, education; whether you fund, design, build, provide facilities management or other professional services; whether working for the private, public or NGO sector.

A truly collaborative network

BEI operates a unique, vibrant and collaborative network. We use our extensive database, built up over decades, to help you understand the issues, connect to the right people and win international business.

A focused strategic ecosystem

As of mid 2015 we became part of Strategy International. This like-minded, membership-focused strategic business development group combines BEI, The D Group and The Future Group. Together we serve the full range of endeavour in UK based business, from FTSE 100 to SME.

Driven by our members needs

Membership of BEI is a pre-requisite of accessing our services. Membership is a highly dynamic, connected and co-operative community. Members benefit from a mix of briefings, seminars, in-country missions and consulting around market assessment and access.

Our Royal Connections

BEI is honoured to have HRH Duke of Gloucester as our President. Himself an architect, HRH Chairs our annual Awards competition judging panel. His support for our members is acknowledged by the number of events he attends and how much he enthusiastically engages with our community.

Say hello to our team

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

Tracey Smith


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

Development Director

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.

Ruari Cahill

Regional Manager, Middle East and North Africa

Ruari is one of the Development Managers at The D Group. He works to assist his members with their strategic business development tasks and on BEI's Smart City Group, where he is currently working on Burmese sustainable urban development.

Luisa Edves

Regional Manager, South and South-East Asia

Luisa is an Account Manager for Strategy International, supervising the Legal, Professional and Education sectors. She also manages Strategy International's future leaders talent development programme, The Future Group. Luisa graduated in 2016 from Cass Business School London, completing a Business Studies degree with a specialism in Financial services. Previously, Luisa worked in Asset Management and Alternative Investment. Luisa is also part of the Cass Business School Advisory Board.

Edward Thicknesse

Regional Manager, Americas and the Caribbean

Edward is an Account Manager here at Strategy International, focusing on the Defence and Security sectors. He also works on the management of Infrastructure Exports: UK, a DIT initiative. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics in 2017.
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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.

Seumas Kerr CBE

Managing Director, The D Group

James is Director, Private Sector Accounts, working with Strategy International members to maximise their business development opportunities both in the UK and overseas. James also leads on our Defence & Security initiatives, advising defence primes, support services and cyber security companies on a range of strategic projects.

Ian Lancaster

Development Director

Ian has extensive experience of helping British companies develop relationships and business: in a career with the UK Diplomatic Service he worked in a wide range of roles in London and abroad, regularly helping promote UK commercial interests in many environments.

Melina Tay

Events Manager

Melina joined the Strategy International team in 2017 and is responsible for the planning and delivery of the groups events. Prior to this, Melina worked at IMG Artists (UK) Ltd and Livescape Group, one of Southeast Asia’s largest lifestyle and corporate event management companies.

Margot Stumm

Events Co-ordinator

Margot assists in all aspects of event delivery. She joined us in 2017 from our associated network, New Financial. Languages. French.

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.

Oscar Bowring

Lead Designer

Having worked previously at 1HQ, a global branding agency with a focus on strategic insight and persuasive creativity, Oscar joined Inspire Publishing as Creative Director in 2014. He set out with a vision to enhance the companies core brands, publications and digital offering. Oscar now oversees creative direction across the Strategy International group.

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.

Nicola McKelvey

Accounts Administrator

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

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