Chair of the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA)

Body: Trade Remedies Authority (TRA)
Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Reading
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,400 per annum
Time Requirements: 2-3 days a week (110 days minimum a year)


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 26/10/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/06/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Media assessments


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    Autumn 2018


Assessment Panel

  • Crawford Falconer Added 10/05/2018

    Panel Chair

    Chief Trade Negotiation Advisor and Second Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade • Departmental Official

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  • Amanda Brooks Added 10/05/2018

    Representative of Shadow Organisation, Department for International Trade • Representative of Organisation

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  • John Cridland Added 06/06/2018

    Senior Independent Panel Member

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Vacancy Description


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) allows its members to provide a safety net to protect domestic industries against injury caused by unfair trading practices such as dumping and subsidies, and unforeseen surges in imports. This safety net usually takes the form of an increase of duty on imports of specific products following an investigation. Collectively, these are known as trade remedies measures.

Trade remedies measures are key to ensuring an effective rules-based system for international trade. They can level the playing field and restore the competitive balance. The European Commission is currently responsible for undertaking trade remedies investigations – and imposing measures – on behalf of the UK.

The Government is establishing a UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) to ensure the UK can continue to provide a safety net to domestic industries after the UK has left the EU.

The TRA will be set up as a non-departmental public body. It will be responsible for conducting trade remedies investigations under a statutory framework to make recommendations to the Secretary of State on how the UK should use trade remedies to remove the injury suffered by UK producers because of dumped, subsidised or surges of imports. The TRA will also be responsible for providing support and assistance to the Department for International Trade (DIT) on trade.

The Role

This is an exciting and high-profile role for a candidate with the right skills to help establish and subsequently lead a new dynamic body. The position will suit a candidate interested in creating real impact by delivering a priority new function, and to someone seeking an opportunity which offers both intellectual challenge and considerable stakeholder engagement. We are interested in candidates with experience of setting up public bodies successfully. Candidates will benefit from possessing a knowledge of international trade.

The Chair will have responsibility for delivering the Government’s commitment to ensuring the TRA is able to investigate and recommend trade remedies measures by the time the UK leaves the EU. The TRA Chair will lead on a number of critical areas, including developing the TRA’s corporate governance structures and setting its strategic vision.

The Chair will also be responsible for overseeing the TRA’s relationship with the Secretary of State for International Trade and the Department for International Trade.

As the Chair, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Take a leading role in the formation of the TRA, including working with the Department to develop the body’s governance frameworks, setting a strategic vision, and providing input into staffing and resource allocation.
  • Formally appoint executive members to the TRA Board. The Chair will also be consulted on the appointment of non-executive members to the TRA by the Secretary of State for International Trade.
  • Determine remuneration and terms and conditions for executive members.
  • Following the formation of the TRA, provide effective leadership and strategic direction to form a cohesive and focused Board, which is able to ensure the TRA fulfils its statutory duties and functions.
  • Enable the Board to exercise its functions in a consistent, proportionate and fair manner – bearing in mind the economic conditions in all parts of the UK. The Chair must pay particular attention to the need to set up the TRA in a way that ensures it operates objectively across the whole UK.
  • Work with the Board to ensure the TRA maintains its operational independence, impartiality and expertise to deliver its mandate and meet the UK’s obligations under the WTO Agreements.
  • Act as the public face of the organisation alongside the Chief Executive.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with the Devolved Administrations, all external stakeholders and the public. External stakeholders may include relevant Parliamentary bodies, international industries, UK manufacturing industry and other UK producers, consumer groups, trade associations and trade unions, where appropriate.


Person Specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates the following:

  • Strong and effective leadership skills, including an ability to successfully set up an organisation and lead it from its establishment phase.
  • An ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements, ensuring the development, sustainability and high performance of the Board.
  • Astute business awareness and an ability to make complex, evidence-based decisions to meet the needs of Government and UK business.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, find consensus and drive forward a clear strategic vision across an organisation working in a politically sensitive area.
  • An ability to deliver results with vigour and pace, and to demonstrate resilience during periods of uncertainty and high media interest.
  • An ability to incorporate a wide range of perspectives into Board discussions, including where appropriate those of the Devolved Administrations, all external stakeholders and the public.
  • An understanding of the complex domestic and international trading environment in which the TRA will be operating.
  • An ability to exhibit astute business and commercial awareness.
  • An ability to set up and monitor business Key Performance Indicators, to demonstrate the effectiveness and engagement of the body.
  • An ability to operate in the public eye and represent the body effectively on national and international forums.
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity of skills and experience, and public service values.


Desirable experience:

  • A good understanding or willingness to understand the decision-making processes within public sector organisations.
  • Commercial experience gained in a trade-focused environment.
  • An understanding of cross-sector dynamics and supply chain complexity.


Additional Information

The appointment will be dependent on successfully completing national security clearance.

Public Appointment’s Code of Practice
In accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, all applications are expected to complete a declaration about any political activity in the past five years. As part of the Diversity Monitoring Form (Annex A) only the information provided in section 10 (Political Activity) of this form will be made available to the panel if candidates are called for interview. The declaration only asks for information that is already in the public domain; it does not ask for personal or private information such as membership of political parties or voting preferences.

Time commitment and remuneration
The Chair is expected to commit to 2-3 days a week (a minimum of 110 days a year) for £63,400 per annum.

Length of Appointment – Subject to Contract:

This appointment is subject to the establishment of the TRA, which is being legislated for by the Government’s Trade Bill. The successful candidate will initially be appointed as a non-executive TRA Chair Designate engaged by DIT on a fixed-term basis until the Trade Bill receives Royal Assent and the TRA is legally established. This is expected to take place later this year, subject to the will of Parliament.

Following this, the intention is that the successful candidate will be formally appointed by the Secretary of State as the non-executive TRA Chair. At this point, their fixed-term appointment to DIT will end. Successful candidates will be appointed initially for a period of up to three years and may be eligible for reappointment. The total length of the appointment is expected to encompass both their appointment as TRA Chair Designate and appointment as TRA Chair. Once appointed as TRA Chair, the successful candidate will be appointed for the remaining balance of the fixed term of up to three years (i.e. three years minus their length of term as TRA Chair Designate).

The Chair must demonstrate a high standard of corporate and personal conduct and should particularly note the requirement to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of the office’s operations and the need to declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies. These will be made public alongside details of all Board Members’ remuneration.

How to Apply

DIT have appointed Veredus, an executive search agency, to assist with this appointment.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit all of the following documentation to us by no later than 12pm on Thursday 7 June 2018:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
  • A Supporting Statement of around two pages of A4 paper explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification;
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form (Annex A). All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence. Only the information provided in section 10 (Political Activity) will be made available to the panel if candidates are called for interview. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory and includes the option ‘prefer not to say’; and
  • A completed Candidate Supporting Information Form (Annex B).


Applications should be sent to: Please ensure the reference number 930762 is mentioned in the email subject: “Ref 930762 TRA Chair application”.

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact our advising consultants at Veredus:

  • Nataliya Starik-Bludova (Tel: 020 7932 4265)
  • James Greengrass (Tel: 020 7932 4286)
  • Elyse Pearce  (Tel: 020 7932 4210)
Annex A TRA Chair Diversity Monitoring Form
Annex B TRA Chair Candidate Supporting Information
TRA Chair Candidate pack
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