David Bolt appointed Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

David Bolt: the new Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

David Bolt: the new Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that David Bolt will be the next Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. Bolt is currently CEO of the International Federation of Spirits Producers, an organisation that works diligently to combat the counterfeiting of its members’ distilled spirits.

Bolt – who has held senior positions in the arenas of security and crime-fighting, including spells with the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – will now continue the important work of scrutinising the effectiveness and efficiency of border and immigration operational practices.

After making the announcement to Parliament, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The role of providing detailed, independent scrutiny of our work and performance in controlling immigration and protecting Britain’s borders is absolutely vital. David Bolt is an excellent candidate and I’m confident that he will carry out his duties with diligence, vigour and objectivity.”

Between 2006 and 2010, Bolt was executive director of intelligence at SOCA with specific responsibility for knowledge management, tasking and co-ordination and covert collection.

He served as deputy director general of strategic intelligence at the NCIS between 2001 and 2006, with responsibility for the Corporate Governance Division.

Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May

Bolt has been appointed to the Chief Inspector role for a fixed term of two years following a fair and open recruitment process, and will take up the position as soon as possible after the security clearance process has been completed.

Bolt’s predecessor, John Vine CBE QPM, occupied the role for almost seven years before stepping down at the end of December 2014.

Vine was previously Chief Constable of Tayside Police in Scotland from 2000 to 2008, during which time crimes of violence fell by 30% and crimes of dishonesty by 40%. He also presided over a 60% decrease in car theft and, in 2005, led the policing operation for the G8 World Leaders’ Summit at Gleneagles.

Vine joined the West Yorkshire Police fast-track programme back in 1981. He undertook a number of operational roles before being appointed Commander of the Halifax Division in 1992. Vine was then appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary in 1996, at which point he assumed responsibility for divisional policing, specialist units and the investigation of major crimes.

President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland from 2003-2004, in 2007 Vine was appointed as one of two Chief Constable Representatives on the Board of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA).

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service and a CBE in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Basic remit for the Independent Chief Inspector’s role

The Independent Chief Inspector works to ensure independent scrutiny of the UK’s border and immigration functions, providing both confidence and assurance as to their effectiveness and efficiency.

The annual Inspection Plan is agreed at the start of each year but the Chief Inspector does retain flexibility to work outside of that plan.

The remit of the Chief Inspector does not permit him to consider individual cases. However, he may take note of the key issues of an individual case and use these to inform his wider inspection programme.

Currently, the Chief Inspector’s team consists of 30 members of staff.

Main areas for inspection include:

*Overall performance

*Practice and procedure in making decisions

*Treatment of claimants and applicants

*Consistency of approach

*Discrimination in the exercise of functions

*Enforcement powers

*Handling of complaints

*Country information

All inspection reports are published at: http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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