Department for International Trade (DIT) Non-Executive Board Member

Body: Department for International Trade
Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, International
Location: London (occasional travel)
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Approximately 15-20 days per annum, including at least 10 Departmental Board meetings per annum and at least 4 Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meetings per annum.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade. Our work supports productivity and our economy, providing our businesses with access to new markets, and in turn new processes, technologies and better supplies. This improves people’s living standards as they benefit from greater choice at lower prices. Equally, by driving global prosperity, trade and international investment contribute to global stability and security, as well as increasing the UK’s influence globally. 

The role 

The Department for International Trade is seeking to fill one Non-Executive board member position. The successful candidate will also sit on the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee. 

Non-Executive Board members provide advice and bring an external perspective to the business of government. They give advice and support on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, focussing on translating policy into results.  Policy will be decided by Ministers alone, on advice of officials. 

For more information on Departmental boards and government non-executives please refer to the Corporate Governance Code. 


  • sit on the Departmental Board, chaired by the Secretary of State; 
  • advise on strategy, performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the Department; 
  • provide independent scrutiny for the Department upon request; 
  • advise on cross-government initiatives and policies; 
  • work with executives and their offices to continue to improve the performance of the Department.

Person Specification

Candidates for this role should demonstrate as many of the following criteria as possible: 

  • experience in trade policy, driving exports and/or driving foreign direct investment (FDI) decisions; 
  • experience of trade and investment in developing countries, and keen understanding of how this intersects with the international development agenda 
  • proven leadership in large and complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, with main board-level experience as an executive or non-executive; 
  • experience of risk, performance and financial management; 
  • experience of leading major projects from initiation, through development and to delivery, using sound evidence to inform decisions; 
  • an understanding of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring their experience to bear on these challenges; 
  • the ability to contribute and inspire confidence with a wide range of stakeholders both in formal environments (such as Board meetings) and in less formal environments (such as one-to-one meetings with Executives) 
  • sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues); 
  • genuine interest in contributing to the effective running of the Department, at the Board, elsewhere in the Department and (as appropriate) across Government.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Gemma Brough (; and 02070088089)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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