12. Brexit Musing: Exploring Export Controls & Sanctions with FTI Consulting

EACCNY Pulse: Transatlantic Business Insights

Nov 16 2020 • 28 mins

In this "Brexit Musing," we will hear from Ollie Welch of FTIs Public Affairs Practice along with Jim Huish who heads up the EMEA Export Controls and Sanctions Practice both based in London.  Ollie and Jim will walk us through the impact of Brexit on in the Export Controls and Sanctions arena in relation to industry, measures already taken and some of the practical implications that are fast becoming focus areas in the build up to the end of the year.

Jim Huish is a Managing Director and the EMEA Leader of the Export Controls & Sanctions offering in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting (FLC) segment at FTI CONSULTING, and he is based in London.  Jim specializes in international trade compliance including customs compliance, supply chain security, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott, and related US and global regulations. Jim helps his clients build or enhance their trade compliance programs through a practical approach to procedural enhancements, audits, and trainings that are properly benchmarked. Having worked across multiple industry sectors he is able to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to clients, balancing these multi-jurisdictional laws and regulations with the practical realities of implementing sustainable solutions into the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to FTI Consulting, Jim held various positions in large multinationals in various compliance positions in the telecom, power management, aerospace and defence, and high-tech sectors. He served as the Regional Compliance Director with a telecommunications manufacturer where he led compliance efforts in Europe and Russia under intense government scrutiny including multiple government-imposed monitors. Jim started his career in industry, spent six years in consulting, including leading the European export controls practice for a Big 4 firm, and then went back into industry, where he was responsible for defining and implementing compliance programs following legacy compliance breaches.

Ollie Welch is a Senior Director in FTI CONSULTING's Public Affairs practice in London where he works closely with clients in the industrial sector on matters of UK government policy and engagement. His clients operate across a number of highly-regulated sectors and he specialises in the challenges of public procurement, technology integration and digitisation, and international trade with a particular focus on Brexit. Ollie began his career in the Civil Service, mostly with the Ministry of Defence where he was variously responsible for issues of armed forces procurement policy, including single source procurement and international acquisition. He supported the delivery of both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Reviews and served as private secretary to the Defence Procurement Minister. His final posting was a Head of Exportability, where he was responsible for developing and executing the MOD’s policy to ensure that capability procurement supports strategic industrial objectives. Between leaving the Civil Service and joining FTI Consulting, Ollie spent two years with Make UK, the national association for manufacturing, where he led policy work relating to new technologies, digitisation and security. Working closely with business at all levels from prime contractor to SME on broad issues and individual business concerns, Ollie specialised in the particular set of policy, regulatory and communications challenges in the defence, aerospace and security sectors. In this capacity he has sat on Ministerial working groups, contributed directly to Government-led policy formulation and has given evidence to the National Security Select Committee.