The Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Government department that helps UK companies grow their export sales. In the West Midlands there are DIT teams located in Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country all supporting local businesses export.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team:

This team of experienced International Trade Advisers provides local businesses, of any size or export experience, with FREE of charge advice and access to a range of Government backed services.


Heather Crocker – International Trade Adviser

Heather joined the Department for International Trade (DIT) in June 2014, she has a wealth of experience in advising and supporting businesses across a range of industry sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, Food & Drink, Construction, Engineering and Marine. “I have over 25 years of business experience working in the private and public sectors including food and drink manufacturing, agriculture and the transport industry. I enjoy working  with businesses across all sectors to advise and support them with their international growth plans.”


Marion Doherty – International Trade Adviser

Marion has been performing the role of export business development since 2010. Marion is the Infrastructure lead for the West Midlands but works with companies from all sectors. As well as advising and working with companies Marion has organised and led missions to a number of high-profile international exhibitions.  “In my capacity as an International Trade Adviser the real job satisfaction comes from being part of the expansion into international sales or the development in a new market and in seeing the positive effect it has on the company. This confidence building enables further exploration, business wins and long term business relationships”


Gerald La Touche – International Trade Adviser

Gerald has considerable experience having worked at Department for Trade and Industry and the West Midlands Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands prior to joining the export business support team in 2015. “I have extensive knowledge and experience in business internationalisation, gained from working with businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, and enjoy engaging with businesses towards their international growth strategy and plans.”


Jayne Shields – International Trade Adviser

Jayne has recently joined the Department for International Trade following 3 years working in the Black Country as a business growth adviser.  “With over 20 years of business experience working in marketing leadership within the private sector, including the construction products, security and materials handling industries, I have a broad range of experience of international operations and enjoy supporting businesses to grow and develop.”


Mark Burkett - Export Academy Adviser

Mark Burkett is the Export Academy Trade Adviser for the Black Country. A native of The Wirral, Mark brings a passion and enthusiasm to the role. He has worked in export markets for over thirty years. Initially within a Unilever company and then for the past twenty years running his own businesses. Having gained a wealth of experience in the export field, Mark is very well qualified to offer a practical insight into the best way to operate overseas.


Services include:

  • local account management offering support and advice from an experienced adviser
  • access to the Export Academy, a free programme from DIT to help you start or grow your international sales
  • e-exporting advice offering guidance on navigating the global digital marketplace
  • specialist adviser support covering key sectors such as future mobility, food and drink, clean growth, digital and tech and advanced manufacturing
  • tradeshow access, providing grants to eligible businesses so they can attend overseas events
  • access to online training  
  • overseas market introductions
  • offering tailored research from our network of overseas experts
  • language and culture advice
  • access to a programme of free events, 1:1 meetings and meet the buyer sessions
  • access to 1000’s of live export opportunities


“Our DIT adviser provided tremendous support in the understanding of doing business in India and ensuring that we have all of the relevant documentation in place. Without its support I do not believe we would be in the position we are today.”  

Adrian Wright, Albion’s Sales & Marketing Director at West Bromwich Albion on the club’s grassroots football scheme



DIT offer a programme of free events including webinars, training masterclasses, 1:1 meeting opportunities, meet the buyer sessions, overseas trade visits and more.

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Master the art of exporting with our interactive tools

Master the art of exporting with our interactive tools

Visit the Department for International Trades online platform to discover more about exporting. From joining virtual training modules through to finding new markets for your business, you will find a range of interactive support to begin your export journey. You can also use this site to check the latest COVID guidelines for exporter or perhaps to check the latest duties and customs procedures for exporting goods.

Click here to find out more

Get in touch with DIT

To get in touch with your local team, please call 0345 222 0159 or email

You can also follow DIT WM on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


The local office details for this region are:

Creative Industries Centre,

University of Wolverhampton Science Park,

Glaisher Drive,

Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG

T: 0345 222 0159