Christine Hamilton has taken over the reins as UK Trade & Investment’s regional director for the West Midlands.
Ms Hamilton replaces Paul Noon, who held the role for the last three years.
Ms Hamilton, who was deputy regional director for UKTI West Midlands, started her career 27 years ago as an International trade adviser, providing export advice to small businesses.
This included a secondment to the commercial team at the British Consulate General in Boston, USA.
Ms Hamilton subsequently had several postings to divisions within Government Office West Midlands, including ministerial support, competitiveness, European funding and children and young people.
She returned to international trade work in 2004, becoming Deputy Regional Director for UKTI West Midlands in June 2006.