International Protocol Expert & Associate
A widely-traveled International Business Consultant, former career Diplomat, and Protocol Advisor to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Trevor Gatty draws on his extensive background in world trade and international relations to the programs he leads for The Lett Group.
Mr. Gatty’s British Diplomatic Service career focused primarily on International Trade and Investment, as well as Systems Analysis and Strategic and Organizational Planning. After selection as a Diplomatic Service Inspector (equivalent to the U.S. Inspector-General) he visited British diplomatic posts worldwide to review their operations and make recommendations directly to the Secretary of State. His own overseas postings included Zaire, Thailand, Switzerland, and San Francisco, and culminated in appointment as British Consul-General for the Southeastern United States, where he led the Atlanta Consular Corps as Dean.
Capitalizing on his contacts, fluency in languages (French, Spanish, German, and Thai) and his expertise in negotiation and international relations, Mr. Gatty left the Diplomatic Service to establish his presence in international protocol and etiquette consulting. In 1994, at the request of the British Government, he opened an Honorary British Consulate in Charlotte to cover North Carolina.
As Protocol Advisor to the 1996 Olympic Games, he wrote training manuals and volunteer handbooks on International Protocol and Etiquette and undertook other relevant studies, including Organization and Structure, V.I.P handling and Victory Ceremonies. He has since published Guides to International Etiquette and to Protocol in International Business.
Mr. Gatty lectures on international affairs and has published articles in newspapers and specialist journals in the Southeastern USA. In Atlanta, he was a founding Member and Director of the World Trade Club and of the British American Business Council (which is one of over 30 branches in the United Kingdom and the United States). He is Co-Founder, Past President and currently a Director of the Charlotte branch of the British American Business Council, as well as a Director of the Charlotte World Trade Association and a member of the Mayor’s International Cabinet. He also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Tourism.