UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) Non-Executive Directors

Body: Trade Remedies Authority (TRA)
Appointing Department: Department for International Trade
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, International
Location: Reading and London (occasional travel)
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 3-5 Board members, one of whom will be asked to be Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum (additional £3,000 for the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee)
Time Requirements: Approximately 15-20 days per annum, including at least 6 Board meetings per annum.  The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee will require at least 3 further meetings per annum. (Length of appointment 2-4yrs)

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/07/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 3 August

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 12 October

  • Announcement


The following dates are indicative and may change. Candidates will be advised of changes to dates as they are confirmed. Please see candidate brief for more details.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The TRA as a statutory body would perform an independent function, investigating and recommending to Ministers when to impose trade remedies measures in response to injury caused by unfair trading practices, such as dumping, subsidies, or unforeseen surges in imports. Ministers would decide whether to agree the TRA’s recommendations. The TRA will also carry out reviews of those existing EU measures transitioned into the UK system to ensure that they are specific to the UK market, in line with WTO rules. The TRA will also be responsible for providing support and assistance to DIT on trade. 

The TRA Board 

 The TRA is a priority new function for Government and as a non-departmental public body, the Board will be critical to the success of the organisation. It will meet 6-8 times a year (Reading or London, with occasional travel – reasonable adjustments will be taken into consideration where appropriate and video conferencing will be put in place if/as required). 

 The TRA Board sets the strategic direction and priorities of the organisation, monitoring its performance against its objectives and holding the Chief Executive and executive team to account. The Board plays a key check and balance role, ensuring that the TRA’s independence is maintained. It ensures that the TRA is sufficiently, taking into account the views and perspectives of relevant stakeholders where appropriate. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the TRA fulfils its statutory duties with effective use of public funds.  

The Role

Responsibilities are to:

  • Provide sound advice to the Chair and Chief Executive;
  • Prepare for and make an effective contribution to the TRA Board and executive/ NED meetings;
  • Attendance at appropriate meetings such as TRA Boards, strategy day and staff events; be able to dedicate time to specific projects within TRA, and provide valuable input and advice to an executive team;
  • Maintain appropriate links to the Department for International Trade as part of effectively discharging the duties and responsibilities of a NED;
  • Provide strong and constructive challenge to the executive team to ensure that it delivers the approved strategy, and support the executive team in discharging their leadership responsibilities to the TRA;
  • Collectively ensure that decisions made by the Board follow proper procedures and are supported by sufficient high-quality information;
  • Ensure high standards of corporate governance and financial management and control are observed at all times.
  • Develop and implement the TRA’s governance. This will include working with the Chair and CEO to establish the Board once the TRA is formed
  • Ensure the TRA is run effectively, in line with best practice for non-departmental public bodies and Managing Public Money requirements


The successful candidates will possess a good appreciation of the role of a Non-Executive Director, and they will understand and be committed to the pivotal role that the Board plays in the effective and efficient delivery of TRA services. They will clearly demonstrate independence of judgement and an ability to communicate with impact to provide constructive support and challenge.

TRA is mindful of the value that diversity brings to the board. The Board is looking to appoint members from different backgrounds who bring the diversity of thinking, experience, skills and competence to enable TRA to fulfil its purpose and achieve its goals, whilst following a policy of ensuring it appoints on merit.

Person Specification

We are seeking experienced candidates from a range of professional backgrounds, who operate at senior levels to take up the Non-Executive roles on the TRA Board. The Non-Executives may also be involved in working groups in addition to the Board, offering advice and support to individual Directors or ad hoc pieces of work across the TRA.

We will appoint one of the Non-Executive Directors as Chair of the Audit and Risk committee.

The recommended candidates will be subject to security checks and will require approval by Secretary of State for International Trade.

It is essential that your application demonstrates the following:

  • Astute business and commercial awareness and an ability to make complex, evidence-based judgements to meet the needs of Government and UK businesses and to advise on strategy, performance and transformation, operational issues and the effective management of the TRA.
  • An engaging and collaborative working style with the ability to adapt to a wide range of (political and non-political) partners.
  • 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.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of or experience in issues facing producers, consumers, trade unions, the regions and nations of the UK, and other stakeholders relevant to the work of the TRA.
  • An ability to deliver results with vigour and pace, and to demonstrate resilience during periods of uncertainty and high media interest.
  • The ability to work as part of a diverse team and take collective responsibility for judgements, similarly, win the trust of those who may have differing or conflicting views.
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity of skills and experience, and public service values.


It is desirable that your application demonstrates the following:

  • Experience of operating at Board level as an executive or non-executive; in the public or private sector (or both).
  • Experience of International Trade.


The Audit and Risk Committee

The Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Committee provides independent, objective review and assurance to the Board, and fulfil its terms of reference.

The Audit and Risk Committee meets at least 3 times a year with an additional meeting in the April-July period to review and consider the Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) as these are developed. We expect Committee meetings to last a maximum of 4 hours and the Chair can expect to spend at least the equivalent time in preparation for each meeting. The Committee also oversees a broad portfolio including reviews of risk management processes, takes reports from internal and external audit; considers governance arrangements; and monitors recommendations for improved controls.

If applying as a non-executive and to be Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, it is essential that your application also demonstrates:

  • A strong background in audit and risk, ideally professionally qualified.
  • Familiarity with current approaches to risk management, internal control and corporate governance and experience of dealing with internal and external audits.
  • The expertise to analyse complex issues and to think independently, strategically and laterally, including the ability to scan the horizon for future issues and offer constructive challenge to the Chair and Chief Executive when appropriate.

Additional Information

Important information to consider

 All candidates are expected to the adhere to the Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board members.

Before the appointment of the successful candidate can be confirmed, the Department will undertake background security checks. As part of this, we will need to confirm your identity, employment history over the past three years (or course details if you were in education), nationality and immigration status, and criminal record (unspent convictions only). The successful candidate must hold or be willing to obtain security clearance to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) Level before taking up the post. In due course, once in post, NEDs may be asked to additionally obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level.For more information regarding security clearance please see the UK National security vetting: advice for vetting subjects.

Due diligence will be carried out at the shortlisting stage, which will include searches of candidates’ financial probity, public statements and publicly available social media profiles. For more information see candidate information brief. 

Final candidate brief 25.06.2020
DIT Candidate Declaration Form 14042020 - template
Disability Confident Form
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