About us

The Ready for Brexit team has personal knowledge of the difficulties involved in trading with the EU before the Single Market and Customs Union began in 1993.

We have all worked for large companies and with SMEs. We are aware of the issues and can help you to anticipate problems before they occur.
We wanted to share this knowledge, which is why we have set up ReadyforBrexit.

Click here to see the BBC interview with Paul Hodges, where he explains why we set up Ready for Brexit 

ReadyforBrexit team Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges

Paul has worked in the UK and USA and has decades of experience in doing business in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

He is a Global Expert with the World Economic Forum, publishes The pH Report, and is chairman of NiTech Solutions. Earlier in his career, he ran a range of global businesses for ICI. He has ‘hands-on’ experience of importing/exporting before and after the start of the Single Market and Customs Union in 1993.

ReadyforBrexit team David Hughes

David Hughes

David has run a number of major businesses for companies around the world and has a maths degree from Cambridge University.

He previously held senior executive positions with SABIC, Huntsman and ICI, where he led a range of global $1bn+ businesses based in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. He led SABIC’s global business redesign programme in 2009.

ReadyforBrexit team Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson

Paul is based in Switzerland and specialises in the distribution and logistics sectors.

Paul was previously Director, Strategic Accounts with Univar, and has a proven record of achieving significant performance improvement in a wide range of businesses. He is based in Switzerland and is fluent in French, German and Spanish – and proficient in Italian – in addition to English.

ReadyforBrexit team Paul Satchell

Paul Satchell

Paul has almost 40 years of experience of international industry with businesses including BP and Coopers & Lybrand, and as an equity analyst with a number of banks including ING, Merrill Lynch and Investec.

He has particular expertise in strategy, valuation, mergers and acquisitions and lending.

ReadyforBrexit team Tony Mash

Tony Mash
Senior Adviser

Tony has worked in marketing, sales and general management, as well as in manufacturing, research and planning. He has experience in the plastics, packaging, refrigeration and life sciences industries.

He was previously CEO of the British Coatings Federation and has worked for Arysta LifeScience, ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta.

Richard Carter, Senior Advisor, Ready for Brexit team

Richard Carter
Senior Adviser

Richard gained extensive experience in senior executive positions with BASF in General Management, Procurement and Global Key Account Mgt (Home & Personal Care) in Germany, Portugal and the US. He moved to the UK in 2016 as MD where he focussed on Brexit, implemented divestments/carve-outs and initiated the Future of Work transformation. He is bilingual (German/English).

ReadyforBrexit team George Smith

George Smith
Senior Adviser

George has 30 years’ experience in the oil, gas and chemical industry with BP and BOC. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, licensing and programme management of major projects.

He is a chartered chemical engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

ReadyforBrexit team John Moss

John Moss

John Moss has many years experience in commercial/business management in the specialty chemicals and polymers industry.

His main focus is helping companies gain new business in Europe & Asia, and designing and implementing effective innovation programmes.

Previously, he worked for the UK government’s Department of International Trade to advise on foreign direct investment, outward direct investment and trade. John was also CEO of a UK-based SME, and held senior positions with Synthomer and ICI. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and is fluent in Dutch and German.

Dave Stanworth

Dave is an experienced commercial manager who has worked across a number of international and UK B2B publishing market sectors.

He has extensive experience of managing digital and print publishing products with different business models, and was previously Commercial Product Director with Reed Business Information.