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BIRMINGHAM CHIEF HEADHUNTED FOR SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE POST

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Lin Homer has been appointed the new director general of the...
Lin Homer has been appointed the new director general of the

Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

Ms Homer, who will take up her post in August, is currently

chief executive of Birmingham City Council.

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate has responsibility for

the key areas of managed migration, border control, asylum,

citizenship and nationality. The role of director general is one of

the most senior and challenging posts in the civil service.

Ms Homer will be tasked with implementing the next stage of the

government's comprehensive reform of the UK's immigration and asylum

system as set out in the five-year strategy 'Controlling our

borders: Making migration work for Britain', published earlier this

year.

The strategy will deliver strict controls that work in the interests

of Britain, welcoming those needed by our economy, or those in

genuine need themselves of protection, while rooting out abuse and

strengthening our borders.

Ms Homer, who was selected following an open competition, succeeds Bill

Jeffrey who left to take up the post of security and intelligence

coordinator and permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.

Home Office permanent secretary John Gieve said:

'I am delighted that Lin Homer will be joining the senior Home Office

team. She will have a critical role in helping to improve public

confidence in our immigration system. She brings with her a wealth

of experience and expertise in leadership and management and will be

a real asset to the department. I look forward to working with her.'

Ms Homer said:

'Making immigration and border controls work effectively is important

to the whole country and to the people who use those services. I am

looking forward to building on the significant improvements that have

already been made and ensuring that we take the service forward

efficiently and confidently.

'It has been an exciting and interesting three years working

for the biggest local authority in the country. I am also looking forward

to the challenges of a very different job in central government where I

hope to use the experience I have gained in this most cosmopolitan and

diverse of cities.'

Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby said:

'I want to congratulate Lin on her appointment and wish her well for the future.

Obviously, we are keen to continue the success of the progressive

partnership and will therefore be moving forward to start the process of

recruiting her successor as soon as possible. We are on a path to

significant improvement, and are determined to continue that with passion

and vigour.'

Deputy leader Paul Tilsley said:

'The fact that Lin has been headhunted by the Home Office to lead one of the highest profile directorates within government, is a great compliment to the city's

original selection of the chief executive.'

Notes

Ms Homer has 25 years experience in local government. A qualified solicitor Ms Homer has been chief executive of Birmingham City Council since October 2002 whereshe responsibility for 57,000 staff. She was previously chief executive of Suffolk CC (1997-2002) and deputy chief executive at Hertfordshire CC during her last three years with them. Ms Homer sits as a non-executive director at DfES and is a board member of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.

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