Chair - Trade Remedies Authority

Body: Department for International Trade
Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, International, Regulation
Location: Reading
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, International Experience, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £32,000 for the first year and £29,000 for the second and third year
Time Requirements: 50 days per annum for the first year, with 45 days per annum in the second and third year. The successful candidate will be appointed for a term of 3 years.


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

Simon Walker CBE was appointed Chair-Designate of the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) in February 2020. Simon previously served as lead non-executive director of the Department for International Trade.

Simon is currently a Governor at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Additionally, he is a non-executive advisor at Greenbrook Communications.

Simon was formerly Director General of the Institute of Directors, a role he held from 2011 to 2017. In this role, Simon worked to modernise the organisation and increase the voice of the business community it represented. During this time, Simon was also chairman of the Global Network of Directors’ Institutes and a non-executive director at the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations.

Simon has previously served as Chief Executive of British Private Equity and venture Capital Association (BVCA) from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this role, Simon had an extensive career in communications. Simon was Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Reuters, Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace and Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways.

Date: 06/02/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/07/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Preliminary Interviews w/c 22nd July, Shortlist meetings w/c 29th July

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


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 remedy 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. Once we leave the EU, we will no longer be part of this process.

Therefore, the Government is establishing a UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA). It will 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 on matters relating to trade.

The Role
This is an exciting and high-profile role for a candidate with the right skills to lead this 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 developing new 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 when 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 ongoing development 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 theeconomic 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 in your supporting statement that you provide, in so far as you are able to, evidence and proven examples against the selection criteria below.

PART ONE – Knowledge and Experience

 Essential criteria

  • Significant track record of board-level leadership and proven ability to set effective strategic direction and develop a long-term vision in a changing environment;
  • Experience of successfully leading and representing an organisation under external challenge and scrutiny;
  • A track record of developing and managing robust corporate governance arrangements, ensuring the development, sustainability and high performance of a Board;
  • Experience of successfully applying intellectual rigour and analytical abilities whilst dealing with complex issues and making evidence-based decisions to meet strategic needs;
  • Successful commercial experience gained in a complex domestic and international trade-focused environment accompanied by astute business awareness;


Desirable criteria

  • An understanding of the Civil Service, how it operates and the best value use of public money;
  • Experience and knowledge of trade policy in a domestic and international context;
  • An understanding of cross-sector dynamics and supply chain complexity.


PART TWO – Skills and Abilities


  • 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 demonstrating resilience during periods of uncertainty with 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;
  • Demonstrable ability to exhibit astute business and commercial awareness;
  • An ability to operate in the public eye and represent the body effectively on national and international forum;
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity of skills and experience, and public service values;
  • A good understanding or willingness to understand the decision-making processes within public sector organisations.


Note: Detailed knowledge of trade remedies is not essential as the key focus of this role is the set up and effectiveness of the TRA. The Chair Designate will be supported to gain appropriate trade remedies expertise to enable them to fulfil the role.

How to Apply

For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack at, quoting reference 931264.

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