About us

International trade has become increasingly controversial, political and complicated.
More changes are coming as countries seek to gain advantage, companies try to cope with uncertainty and governments promise technological improvement.
Trade Advisers exists to guide clients through these challenges - bridging trade gaps.

Trade Advisers is a consulting, research and training organisation that specialises in international trade. We work with SMEs, corporations, governments, industry bodies and economic development organisations, to help them prepare for and adapt to changing trading environments. We offer insight into future border systems. Thousands of firms have benefitted from our guidance.

We offer expertise in: trade agreements and disputes, government policies, border controls and facilitations, Customs paperwork and procedures, agricultural goods rules, market development, transport and logistics.

Our Core Offerings

We are specific, specialist and independent.

We have offices in the EU (Dublin) and UK (London) and a global network of associates.


We listen and develop tailored advice.


We prepare clients for new trade opportunities, with understanding of future borders, trade policy, automation and data exploitation.


We up skill trade teams to conduct business across borders successfully.


We work as your partners on trade, seeking to understand your business, products, markets and plans.

We assess your full supply chain and trade practices to identify areas likely to be affected by trade rules.

We have proven experience in interpreting regulatory regimes and explaining Customs processes.

We help to identify and exploit opportunities in overseas markets.

We strive to earn your confidence to establish lasting and reliable relationships.

Customs Audit Review and Diagnostic Service
EU-UK Trade Guidance
Market Development
Foreign Investment
Trade Agreements


We offer the most current, practical, education and training courses on all essential aspects of International trade, compliance and regulations. Our training courses focus on the practical side of business to ensure trainees are supported and skilled to face the challenges that may arise in their markets.

We work with industry experts and practitioners to ensure the best in-class training.

Our services are available to businesses, governments and industry associations.

Our courses are aimed at:

  • Businesses trading with the UK, EU or the world, who need to use new border processes
  • Managers responsible for business planning and strategy who need to understand the implications of new trading arrangements  
  • Teams responsible for supply chains, compliance, purchasing and logistics who need to adjust to new processes

To explore the full list of training courses that are available please click here

We work with industry experts and can arrange detailed individual support where required.

We are an approved Customs training provider with HMRC. Our work has been financed by Enterprise Ireland, Irish Local Enterprise Offices, Invest NI, InterTradeIreland, HMRC and private clients.

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Michael Boyd
Chairman and Founder

Michael is the Chairman and founder of Trade Advisers. He has spent his career managing and delivering consulting, research and technical assistance programmes in international trade development and investment promotion throughout the world. His early career was with the IDA and CTT–the Irish Export Board, at home and overseas. He set up the TDI group of companies to provide international trade development advice. Michael has worked for trade ministries, the World Bank, the European Commission, BP, Vodafone, Rio Tinto and London financial services companies.He was Chairman of British Expertise, the industry body responsible for promoting UK development companies throughout the world, helping members to explore, assess and win business opportunities across the globe. Michael currently manages a portfolio of advisory and training projects relating to international trade challenges and opportunities.Michael holds a B.Comm from University College Dublin and is a Barrister at Law. He has completed management and investment executive education courses at Harvard and London Business Schools.

Brendan McAuley
Senior Strategist

Brendan is the Senior Strategist at Trade Advisers, based in London. His work at Trade Advisers has included studies for industry bodies and private sector clients on what they might face under a variety of trade scenarios. He specialises in the Customs, tariff, non-tariff barriers, logistics and supply chain implications of the changed EU-UK relationship. He also provides research studies and strategic business advice to companies on market diversification/entry. He has worked in trade facilitation, trade policy, political risk and market intelligence in Africa, Asia and Europe, including at United Nations ESCAP. He has guest lectured on Brexit and future trade, provided training on government trade compliance programmes and featured as a guest speaker for industry associations in the UK. Brendan has a Bachelors in Law, a Masters in International Management and has studied at the University of Edinburgh, National University of Singapore, Peking University and ESADE Business School.‍‍

Fiona Luciani
Education and Training Leader

Fiona is the Education and Training Leader at Trade Advisers. She is an experienced training manager with a track record of projects in highly regulated and compliant environments, including pharma, MedTech, Customs and supply chain.Fiona specialises in designing and delivering successful virtual and face-to-face training programmes in international trade, incorporating the latest adult learning methodologies.Prior to Trade Advisers, Fiona was Training Division Manager at the Irish Exporters Association. She has also worked as the Membership, Events and Online Services Manager at the Irish Travel Agents Association.Fiona is a graduate in Tourism Marketing from the Technical University of Dublin and she holds diplomas in Digital Marketing and Social Media from the Digital Marketing Institute.‍

Michael Kayser
Financial Director

Michael is the Financial Director of Trade Advisers. He has spent more than 40 years in a variety of roles - mainly in senior finance positions in multinational companies - and has worked in over 70 countries. Michael has worked for Accenture, Guinness (worldwide Finance Director for its beer division), HSBC, Laporte plc (Finance Director), Lloyds Register (CFO and Chief Operating Officer), Royal Bank of Scotland (private equity) and Unilever. He has held a variety of non-executive director roles, including at Stobart Group, a leading UK transport company. Michael is currently CEO of a leading military charity in addition to his role at Trade Advisers. He is a graduate in Economics from Leicester University.

Tom McGrath
Senior Customs Adviser
Michael Boyd
Chairman and Founder
Brendan McAuley
Senior Strategist
Fiona Luciani
Education and Training Leader
Michael Kayser
Financial Director
Elios Valmonte
Ben Moned
Design Product
Maria Averon
Marketing Design
Marc Anthony


Read the reviews from the many business people we've worked with already.

Julia Kettlewell
Julia Kettlewell
Director of Operations - CR Robotics
“Thank you so much for the report. We have very much appreciated and valued all of your work on this. It has been incredibly helpful for our understanding and action plan so that we are ready for Brexit. And somehow you made learning about this challenging topic enjoyable!”
Tom Butterly
Tom Butterly
Trade Facilitation Consultant, Geneva
“Many thanks for the Brexit Briefing – very interesting and informative and an excellent panel of experts.”
Martina Keenan
Martina Keenan
Brexit Manager - InterTradeIreland
"I really enjoyed the workshop and I can see how companies benefit from it. It was great to have experts on hand to go through the processes and answer questions."
Colm Shannon
Colm Shannon
CEO – Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade
"I found Trade Advisers highly professional, with an in-depth knowledge of the potential issues local businesses would face as a result of Brexit. work"
Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Estate Manager - Broxwood Court Estate
“The webinar presentations were illuminating. The speakers were extremely lucid and impressive; what an amazing team of all the talents to have assembled.”

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