Meet UK’s new Trade and Investment director

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The British Embassy has announced the appointment of Iain Mansfield as director of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Manila.

Mansfield leads the commercial team within the British Embassy to promote and support UK business links with the Philippines, including highlighting the major opportunities in the Philippines to UK firms. He brings with him a wide-ranging policy experience in trade, competition, science and innovation.

Mansfield and his team are supporting the increasing number of British firms looking into key sectors in the Philippines, which he describes as the “rising star” in the region. To capitalize on this opportunity, the British Embassy’s UKTI Team is currently organizing various trade missions, including in agriculture and energy, and other events that will highlight British education and retail brands from the UK.

Prior to his appointment in the Philippines, Mansfield was assistant director of Competition Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the equivalent of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry. He was involved in the development of policies related to the enforcement of competition law in the UK, including the establishment of the Groceries Code Adjudicator, to ensure big supermarkets treated their suppliers fairly, and the development of new laws to allow private businesses and consumers reclaim money they had lost as a result of price-fixing.


Mansfield has held several other positions while working at BIS, including in science, innovation and trade. He also worked for two years in the Joint Trade Policy Unit at the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK Government’s aid agency. He had oversight of a wide range of trade and development issues, including responsibility for the EU’s “GSP” preferential trade scheme (of which the Philippines is a current beneficiary), the negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations and trade relations with Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Mansfield holds a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with First Class honors.

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