Member – Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC)

Body: Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC)
Appointing Department: UK Export Finance
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Reasonable Travel & Subsistence is payable for the post
Time Requirements: Council meets four times annually


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

UK Export Finance are delighted to announce the appointments of Dr Ben Caldecott and Vanessa Havard-Williams as Members of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council.

Date: 14/02/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC) is an Expert Committee which advises the Secretary of State on UK Export Finance’s (UKEF) operations.

The Council normally provides advice to the Secretary of State through UK Export Finance officials, usually at meetings attended by UK Export Finance’s Chief Executive.  The Council addresses its views directly to the Ministers on any subject where it deems it appropriate to do so.  It meets with the Minister once a year, or more if necessary.

In practice, the Council primarily concerns itself with providing advice on the ethical policies applied by UKEF in the conduct of its business related to anti-bribery and corruption, environmental, social and human rights risks and impacts of the projects which it supports, sustainable lending and transparency (including freedom of information).

The Council does not have any executive powers.  It reviews past decisions UKEF has made to support export transactions and provides advice on the decision-making and, in particular, the application of ethical policies.

Person Specification

The preferred candidate is expected to have:

  • experience of commerce and international trade, the private export finance and credit insurance market and debt/capital markets;
  • expertise in one or more of the following;
    • Climate Change / Paris Agreement
    • The Sustainable Development Goals
    • Sustainable Lending
    • Environmental and social issues, including human rights
    • Sectors where UKEF typically works or is looking to support in the future, such as renewable/low carbon energy, infrastructure, heavy industry, etc.
  • an understanding of UKEF’s purpose and business and its role of supporting exports while at the same time complying with policies on ethical matters;
  • familiarity with the OECD ‘Recommendation of the Council on Common Approaches for Officially Supported Export Credits and Environmental and Social Due Diligence (The ‘Common Approaches’), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the Ruggie ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework’), the Equator Principles, and related international agreements which may be associated with the role of export credit agencies;
  • familiarity with the OCED recommendations in relation to export credits on anti-bribery and sustainable lending an understanding of the role of an advisory council, including its relationship to Ministers.


Suitable candidates will demonstrate the following personal qualities:

  • an ability to contribute to the work of the EGAC through giving advice, challenge, constructive criticism and support;
  • an ability to work effectively in managing positive relationships with stakeholders that adds value to an organisation; and
  • a commitment to attend all meetings and undertake the necessary preparation.


We would welcome and encourage applications from:

  • professions which could include business, public sector, not for profit sector, which would include expertise from the environmental, construction, consultancy, legal, finance professions.
  • women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.

Additional Information


EGAC meetings usually take place in UKEF’s London office based in 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.

Time Commitment

EGAC meets quarterly (for 3-4 hours).  Members are expected to attend each meeting.  There is also a formal dinner with the Trade Minister held once each year.

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for three years with the possibility of being reappointed for a further period, up to a maximum of ten years.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a copy of their c.v. together with a covering letter, of no more than two A4 pages, explaining why you are interested in the position and how you meet the criteria outlined in the personal specification.

Applicants should ensure they highlight what experience they have in dealing with:

  • Climate Change / Paris Agreement
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable Lending
  • Environmental and social issues, including human rights
  • Sectors where UKEF typically works or is looking to support in the future, such as renewable/low carbon energy, infrastructure, heavy industry, etc.

Applicants should also complete the Conflicts of Interest form and the Monitoring form.  The Monitoring form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Government Code on Public Appointments

Application should be sent to using “EGAC Application” in the subject line.

Should you have any questions regarding the process please contact using “EGAC Application” in the subject line.

What is the timetable?

  • The closing date for applications is 15th September 2019 at 23.00.
  • Applications will be sifted week commencing 16th September 2019 and candidates will be notified whether they will be invited to interview.
  • The interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at UKEF’s London offices in Westminster. Applicants should therefore be available to interview on this day.

Further Information

Further information on UKEF and EGAC can be found on UKEF’s website:

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