Former Director Public Policy, UK and Ireland, Amazon
Lesley Smith joined Amazon as Director Public Policy for UK & Ireland in January 2014.
She has previously worked in communications, corporate affairs and investor relations in retail, telecoms, the railways, the voluntary sector and in politics. She began her career in politics, working in local government and then for the leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party in parliament. She went on to be Corporate Communications Director for ScotRail and then the founding Corporate Affairs Director for Railtrack, where she worked on the privatisation of the national rail infrastructure . She was director of investor relations and Corporate Communications at Dixons Group plc, where she worked on international acquisitions and market entry and on the launch, flotation and sale of Freeserve, the UK’s first mass market internet brand. She went on to be Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Cable & Wireless plc where she worked with Ofcom on the settlement that led to the separation of BT into BT and OpenReach. She then worked for the TSL Education where she worked on the restructuring and relaunch of the former News International owned education titles (TES and THES) under new private ownership. She also worked for the international children’s charity ARK and ARK Schools developing the profile of the children’s charity as it grew into a national academy chain.
At Amazon she is responsible for public policy in the UK & Ireland, working with national policy makers on a range of ecommerce and technology issues to ensure that customers, small businesses and people working in the digital economy can share the benefits of innovation.
She has a degree in Government from Essex University and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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