FleishmanHillard UK has boosted its international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) offer with the appointment of Tim Harding, who joins from the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).
At the DIT, Tim was a specialist in foreign trade, investment and economic development into the UK, with a focus on Asian markets, and brings more than a decade of government experience advising on trade policy, inward investment and international business opportunities for the UK and Japanese Governments.
He previously led the UK’s outreach with Japanese and Korean investors and provided counsel across the UK Government to Downing Street, DIT Ministers, trade policy teams and government departments on corporate engagement. Tim’s background crosses sectors, including top-priority areas for the UK Government such as life sciences, financial services and technology.
Tim joins as an associate director in the International Affairs unit, working with senior partner and head of international affairs, Michael Hartt, and the agency’s Public Affairs and Corporate practices. He will be a key part of FleishmanHillard’s foreign direct investment (FDI) campaigns for governments positioning themselves for greater trade and investment, overseas business expansion and international collaboration.
Michael Hartt, senior partner and head of international affairs, said, “Our clients are facing a convergence of issues, from the push to sign post-Brexit trade deals, to unlocking COVID-19 recovery, to geopolitical challenges around trade. Tim’s counsel and campaign leadership will help clients communicate to business and political stakeholders as they pursue economic growth and address the future of globalisation.”
Tim Harding said, “I’m delighted to join the International Affairs team at FleishmanHillard at a pivotal moment for international trade issues. As the UK and other nations realign their focus to the Indo-pacific region, I look forward to harnessing my experience of economic relationships between Europe and Asia to provide meaningful and impactful advice to our multinational clients on the opportunities and challenges that new bilateral trade deals, multilateral agreements and changing FDI flows present.”
FleishmanHillard UK’s international trade offer advises corporations and associations on all aspects of reputation and public affairs related to trade and investment, including its influence on the UK’s policy agenda and UK businesses’ success.
In addition, the team supports clients on specific regulatory and reputational risks associated with supply chain management, foreign direct investment projects, digital trade and regulation, and climate change.