Chair of the Trade Remedies Authority
As part of our preparations to leave the EU, we are establishing with the Trade Bill a new independent UK body, the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), to defend UK businesses against unfair trading practices. The TRA will be responsible for conducting investigations and recommending measures to the Secretary of State for International Trade to ensure that the UK can continue to provide a safety net to domestic industries against injury caused by unfair trading practices and unexpected surges in imports after the UK has left the European Union. Trade remedies measures are key to ensuring an effective and fair system for international trade.
We are now seeking to appoint the Chair of the TRA. This is an exciting and high-profile role responsible for the establishment and leadership of this new body. This is a rare opportunity to create real impact by delivering a priority new function that offers both intellectual challenge and considerable stakeholder engagement.
The Chair will be crucial to setting the TRA’s strategy and overseeing its establishment. This will include the development of its corporate governance structures and ensuring that the TRA is fully operational by the time the UK leaves the EU.
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.
You will be a highly effective board level operator and an astute business leader. You will bring an understanding of good governance and a significant track record of operating in a globally competitive environment, with a strong understanding of international trade. You will have outstanding influencing skills at the highest level, the ability to drive forward a clear strategic vision in a high-profile and politically sensitive environment, and an ability to make complex, evidence-based decisions. Knowledge of trade remedies would be helpful for this role. The appointment will be dependent on successfully completing national security clearance.
This is a demanding but exciting position, it requires an individual with drive, determination and resilience to help establish this priority function from its initial stages. It also presents a tangible opportunity to contribute to providing a safety net to domestic industries after the UK has left the EU and ensure the TRA is set up to succeed in the long term.
For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack at www.veredus.co.uk or https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/all/ reference 930762. For an informal confidential discussion, contact our advising consultants at Veredus:
• Nataliya Starik-Bludova on 020 7932 4265
• Elyse Pearce on 020 7932 4210
• James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286