Scuoler, who is standing down as EEF chief at the end of November, takes up his position with immediate effect.

The Institute of Export & International Trade's mission is to enhance the export performance of the UK by setting and maintaining professional standards in international trade management and export practice. This is principally achieved by the provision of education, training and practical business support services to companies of all sizes.

Scuoler says: “Exporting is the lifeblood of UK manufacturing and vital to our economic growth. There has never been a more important time to drive our performance in growing global markets and I am delighted to take up this position at such a crucial period.

“I have been fortunate to spend considerable time in overseas markets, working closely with European partners in particular, and I look forward to helping Lesley Bachelor and the Institute help drive export growth.”

Adds Lesley Bachelor, director general of the Institute of Export: “We are delighted to have secured someone with Terry’s undoubted political and commercial expertise in overseas markets to help drive our strategy forward. The need to grow our exports is right at the top of the political agenda and Terry will bring a wealth of expertise from working with government in London and Brussels during his period with EEF.”