Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
Ms Homer, who will take up her post in August, is currently
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
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
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.'
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.