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Richard Simon-Lewis

Head of Business Development
UK Export Finance

Richard is the Head of the Civil, Infrastructure and Energy division at UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing UKEF’s assistance of companies in these sectors, helping them to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. In addition, Richard is also Head of UKEF’s International Business Development team.  

Richard joined UKEF after gaining 20 years’ experience in leading specialist teams in project and structured finance, including five years at ‘Global Top 5’ Project and Export Finance institutions. He has a particular specialism in the renewable energy sector, having acted as financing lead or adviser to low carbon projects since the mid-1990s.  

Other previous positions include Head of Energy & Utilities project finance at Lloyds TSB and Senior Director of the Renewable Energy division at Lloyds Banking Group. In this role, Richard was responsible for building a renewable energy portfolio/market leading franchise in excess of £1 billion, earning him the number one ranking as Lead Arranger of renewable energy projects in the UK between 2010 and 2012.   

Richard has a BSC (Hons) in Financial Services (First Class) from UMIST and is ACIB and SFA (CF30) qualified. 

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