Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt

UK India Business Council
Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt heads the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), an organization backed by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) that promotes trade between the UK and India.

Hewitt has a long and distinguished career in Parliament and the UK government. She has been the longest serving Secretary of State, Trade and Industry in the past 50 years. In that role, she gave top priority to promote closer business links between the UK and India. She also served as Cabinet Minister for Women (2001-2005) and Secretary of State for Health (2005-2007).

In 2008, Hewitt joined the Board of BT Group plc, where she is now senior independent director, chairing the remuneration committee and the pensions review committee. She is also a non-executive director of Euro Tunnel Group and a member of the Barclays Asia Pacific Advisory Committee.

In 2010, Hewitt stood down as MP for Leicester West, having first been elected in 1997. But she continues to have close personal ties with the city and its large British-Asian community.

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