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Lord Livingston

About Lord Livingston

Lord Livingston of Parkhead will take up appointment as Minister of State for Trade and Investment on 11 December 2013. Ian Livingston was CEO of BT Group from 2008 until 2013. Having joined BT in 2002, he served on the BT Group Board as Group Finance Director and CEO BT Retail, its consumer and small business division. Prior to this, Lord Livingston was Group Finance Director at Dixons Group plc from the age of 32 making him the youngest FTSE 100 director by some distance. During his tenure, Dixons grew revenue and profits strongly and created the UK’s first major internet IPO, Freeserve. Lord Livingston has also worked for 3i plc, Bank of America and Arthur Andersen. He was previously a non executive director of Hilton Group plc and is currently a non executive director on the board of Celtic plc. He is a Chartered Accountant. He was born in Glasgow and has a wife and 2 children.

Commonwealth Day

Today in celebration of the 53 nation Commonwealth membership and to mark Commonwealth day, hundreds of flags will be flown across the country. This celebration is particularly significant as we look forward to hosting the Commonwealth Games in the UK … Continue reading

UK and Ireland: Working together

I visited Dublin a few weeks ago at an exciting time for UK /Ireland relations. The first ever UK/Irish trade mission was taking place at the Singapore Air Show, demonstrating the value of working together in targeted areas to increase … Continue reading

A mega mission to emerging Europe

Central Europe is a big opportunity on our growth agenda. If you are a small or medium-sized company already exporting to our top three EU markets – France, Italy and Germany – then Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary should … Continue reading

First steps to Norway

My trip to Norway last week was particularly significant as it was my first official overseas visit as Minister. It reflected Norway’s importance as a long-established and valued trade partner for the UK. Britain and Norway already have a strong relationship, but the … Continue reading

UK and China : Partners for Growth

I am delighted to be part of this week’s trade delegation to China, the largest ever business mission organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). This will, of course, be my first trip as Minister Designate for Trade and Investment.  … Continue reading