Lead Non-Executive board member – Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade was created by the Prime Minister on 14 July 2016. It has overall responsibility for promoting British trade across the world. It will develop, coordinate and deliver a new trade and investment policy for the UK, including preparing for and negotiating Free Trade Agreements, including plurilateral trade agreements, and market access deals with non-EU countries. It also provides operational support, including export credit facilities and import and export licensing services, to facilitate inward and outward investment. It leads in Government for promoting UK business across the globe. The Department for International Trade is seeking to fill a Lead Non-Executive board member position.

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 getting policy translated into results.  Policy will be decided by Ministers alone, with advice from officials.

For more information on Departmental boards and government non-executives please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/non-executive-directors


  • 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

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities or skills:

  • experience in trade policy, driving exports and/or driving foreign direct investment decisions;
  • 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 (particularly around the efficiency agenda) 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) and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life (http://www.public-standards.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/the-seven-principles);
  • genuine interest in contributing to the effective running of the Department, at the Board, elsewhere in the Department and (as appropriate) across Government.

In addition, the successful candidate will have more detailed expertise in one or more of the following:

  • P&L responsibility within a company/sector that is a major exporter
  • Risk management
  • Audit
  • Delivering change
  • Major projects
  • Operational delivery
  • HR
  • Talent management

How to Apply

Please send a cv and covering letter to: emma.squire@trade.gsi.gov.uk

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public