David Hayes-Export Controls
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 (now ECJU) in the late 90’s David worked in industry as Head of Compliance for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, with significant involvement in US export compliance under both ITAR and EAR as well as OFAC sanctions and DoE/NRC controls. 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. Most new business is now by referral from previous or existing clients.
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 EGADD in 2012 in order to devote more time to his consultancy business.
David is a regular speaker at national and international export control events and committed to effective compliance training. He was instrumental in developing the UK’s first externally accredited export control training, which is offered jointly by Cranfield University and EGADD.
In 2022 David was appointed to the Professional Steering Group of the Higher Education Export Control Association, the goal of which is to develop nationally available training in strategic export controls funded by Research England for use by the HE sector. Universities and research institutions also form a significant part of the client base.
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, specializing in Air Defence and Electronic Warfare. He is also a qualified Six-Sigma Green Belt.