Senior Australian trade official appointed to lead TheCityUK’s international trade and investment work

TheCityUK has appointed senior trade expert Nicola Watkinson as its new Managing Director, International Trade and Investment. She will join the organisation in February 2021, taking over from Wayne Evans, who has been covering the role on an interim basis over the past 10 months.

Nicola is currently General Manager, The Americas, for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and Deputy Consul General in New York, where she led a 90-strong team based across North and South America. She has previously held several senior positions at the Australian Trade Commission in markets such as India, Germany and Australia, including as Minister Commercial and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, South Asia, in New Delhi and Consul General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Western Europe, in Frankfurt.

She joins TheCityUK at an important juncture as it seeks to deepen relationships and collaboration with global markets in financial and related professional services.

Nicola Watkinson said,

Brexit has really put the UK’s trade and investment agenda under the spotlight. As the UK negotiates new trade deals with countries around the world, there is great opportunity to further strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones in financial and related professional services and open up new markets for the industry. Services make up a huge part of the UK economy, so a key focus must be on ensuring that this strength is reflected in future trade deals. I look forward to bringing my international experience to this exciting role at TheCityUK and can’t wait to get started.”

Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK, said,

We are delighted to have Nicola join the team at such an important time for the industry. International trade and investment has always been a key strength for TheCityUK and given her great enthusiasm, expertise and extensive experience, I am confident that she will do a fantastic job taking forward our busy programme of work in this area.”

Nicola’s appointment follows a search conducted by Odgers Berndtson and a rigorous selection process.