Tim Harding is the Japan and Korea Market Specialist at the Department for International Trade, providing support to Japanese Investors throughout the UK, helping them to access government services and assisting further investment. He holds responsibility for stakeholder engagement with Japanese business and cultural organisations as well as coordinating Japan-focused government events.
Tim graduated from the University of West England in 2008 with a degree in History, and from 2008-2010 he lived in Ehime-ken in Japan working as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme. During this period, he provided English tuition in 5 primary schools and 3 Junior High Schools, as well as establishing and running a private adult English language class.
Upon his return to the UK Tim spent several years working in Import/Export Operations for Itochu Corporation and Export Sales for Hanjin Shipping, followed by four years working in the Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan in the UK. During this time Tim provided support to Japanese government and business across a diverse range of policy areas including Trade, Commerce, Agriculture and Climate Change issues. He was also deeply involved in the Embassy’s business engagement and networking activities.
Tim has been an ardent supporter of the Anglo-Japanese community in the UK, volunteering annually at the Japan Matsuri since 2011 and fundraising for the charity Aid for Japan, as well as attending and supporting a range of Japanese networking events.