David Hayes has many years’ experience in export controls and sanctions, both from an industry and regulator’s perspective. In addition to his own consultancy, David is the Director of UK Affairs for the Washington, DC-based trade consultancy The Trade Compliance Group (formerly MK Technology LLC).
After leaving the UK Export Control Organisation in the late 90’s, David worked in industry as Head of Compliance for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, with significant involvement in U.S. export compliance under both ITAR and EAR as well as OFAC sanctions. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his export control work in the aerospace industry.
Since 2007, when he established his own consultancy, David has provided services to an international client base in a wide variety of industrial sectors, covering both dual-use and military products as well as providing specialist support and expert evidence to law firms in areas including M&A due diligence, criminal investigations and extradition.
David was the founding Chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGADD), which he developed into the UK’s leading trade body on export controls, and a widely recognised expert in his field. He stood down as Chair of EGAD in 2012 in order to devote more time to his consultancy business.
David is a regular speaker at national and international export control events. He was instrumental in developing the UK’s first externally accredited export control training, which is offered jointly by Cranfield University and EGAD. He is also the author of a regular series of articles for the U.S. professional publication The Export Practitioner.
In 2015, David was appointed to the Ethics Advisory Board of an EU-funded research project. He is also a member of the International Trade Compliance Advisory Board and a guest speaker on the Executive Masters in International Trade Compliance for the University of Liverpool Management School and Full Circle Compliance.
David is a qualified helicopter pilot and also spent ten years as an Intelligence Officer with 7006(VR) Intelligence Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, specialising in Air Defence and Electronic Warfare. He is also a qualified Six-Sigma Green Belt.