UK Export Finance appoints Patrick Kendell to senior role in the north


UK Export Finance, the UK’s export credit agency, has appointed Patrick Kendell as Senior Export Finance Manager to lead business development and advisory activities in the North.

Patrick brings twenty years’ experience in senior business development positions in the UK and abroad to his role at UKEF. Most recently he was Business Development Manager for the University of Strathclyde Business School, prior to which he worked for PA Consulting as a Senior Investment Advisor, Asia Pacific, and One North East (the regional development agency for the north east) as Head of International Inward Investment.

Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with senior business clients in the UK and overseas to provide specialist consultancy in international trade and investment. He has built relationships with stakeholders across the north of England, including businesses, trade associations, regional development bodies and Department for International Trade colleagues.

He will lead UKEF’s team of Export Finance Managers in the north of England, consisting of:

  • Paul Wright – the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Steve Cowles – the North West (north)
  • Kevin Ledwith – the North West (south)

Mike Newing, Head of Export Finance Managers at UKEF, said: “Patrick brings a wealth of experience in business development and a highly commercial outlook, which will ensure that companies in the region can fully benefit from UKEF’s support.”

Mr Kendell added: “UK Export Finance is a vital source of support and guidance for many SMEs looking to export. I look forward to playing a role in helping these companies succeed in an international marketplace.”