Richard Simon-Lewis

Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications
UK Export Finance

Richard Simon-Lewis


Richard is head of the Origination and Marketing & Communications group at UK Export Finance. Previously, Richard was Head of the Civil, Infrastructure and Energy & International Business Development ('IBD') divisions, UK Export Finance. Richard reports into Louis Taylor, CEO, UKEF, and is a member of UKEF's Executive Committee.

Richard is a structured financier and international business developer with over 30 years’ experience in providing leadership, strategic direction and international stakeholder engagement to specialised public and private sector institutions (typically global top 5 in their fields) active internationally across a variety of sectors (for example, energy, utilities, infrastructure etc) but with a particular specialism derived from over 20 years working in renewable energy, and, more recently, clean growth (UKEF currently ranks 3rd in the TXF global sustainable finance league tables for 2019).

He has extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, political and regulatory aspects of international, structured/project financing and influencing/engagement from 3 different perspectives; namely, as a highly experienced, structured financier in an international bank context, as Head of Finance from his time in industry during a HMG CCS bid process, and, finally, as an executive committee member at an award winning, globally active and progressive ECA.

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

Speaker at these events:

Project, ECA & Structured Finance MENA 2020 - Virtual Conference