2014

Sir Alan Collins Takes up Post as the New British Consul General, New York and Director-General of UK Trade & Investment, US

    NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Sir Alan Collins, KVCO CMG,
 joined the British Consulate as Her Majesty's Consul General and
 Director-General of UK Trade & Investment, US. Sir Alan takes his post in
 New York following four years as the British High Commissioner in
 Singapore, where he played a leading part in securing London's bid for the
 2012 Olympics.
     As Consul General, Sir Alan represents the UK in the consular region
 that includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Fairfield County,
 Connecticut. He works with Deputy Consul General, Jon Benjamin, to oversee
 consulate staff that provides consular services to British citizens and
 those wishing to visit the UK for business, study or pleasure. The
 Consulate also works to sustain the long-standing relationship between the
 UK and the US.
     Sir Alan also takes on the role of Director-General United Kingdom
 Trade and Investment, US, and will be heading the UKTI's largest and most
 successful overseas operation.
     UK Trade & Investment is the UK Government's international business
 development agency, supporting businesses seeking to establish in the UK
 and helping UK companies grow internationally. The services offered by UK
 Trade & Investment bring together a network of business sector specialists
 and support teams in British embassies and Foreign and Commonwealth Office
 (FCO) posts all around the world, as well as key experts in government
 departments across the UK.
     Together with UKTI's US Director, Gordon Innes, Sir Alan will have
 responsibility for marketing British business strengths in the US market,
 helping UK-based businesses achieve the full potential benefits of US
 opportunities; and harnessing the best knowledge and skills for the UK
 economy.
     UKTI has teams across the US based in British Consulates in Atlanta,
 Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and
 in the British embassy in Washington.
     Sir Alan's previous posts include British Ambassador to the
 Philippines, and Director-General of the British Trade and Cultural Office,
 Taipei. Sir Alan has also undertaken a secondment to Shell International as
 vice president for International Relations.
     Note to editors: Photographs of Sir Alan are available. To request an
 image, please contact Shirar O'Connor at 212 745 0420 or
 shirar.o'connor@fco.gov.uk
     About UK Trade & Investment
     UK Trade & Investment is the UK Government's international business
 development agency, supporting businesses seeking to establish in the UK
 and helping UK companies grow internationally. The services offered by UK
 Trade & Investment bring together a network of business sector specialists
 and support teams in British embassies and Foreign and Commonwealth Office
 (FCO) posts all around the world, as well as key experts in government
 departments across the UK. UK Trade & Investment works with a wide range of
 partner organisations in the UK, including Regional Development Agencies
 and the Devolved Administrations, Business Links, Chambers of Commerce and
 trade associations. For more information, visit the web site at
 http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk .
 
 

SOURCE UK Trade & Investment

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