First Immigration Director appointed for Scotland and Northern Ireland

2 April, 2007

Phil Taylor has been appointed as the first Regional Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland at the new Border and Immigration Agency (BIA).

The Agency, which replaces the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, will see Phil lead a team of 300 staff, with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast.

At the heart of the new shadow Agency, which goes live today, is a strengthened regional structure which sees six new Regional Directors appointed across the UK.

Among the work carried out by the Agency in Scotland and Northern Ireland is;

  • Managed Migration Public Enquiry Office
  • Asylum decision making and support
  • Appeals
  • Enforcement and Removals

Beginning a UK-wide tour to meet frontline Agency staff, Chief Executive, Lin Homer said:

“My vision for the new Agency is that it will be truly responsive to the communities it serves – engaging with a whole range of partners from police, local councils and agencies to deliver the sort of service that the public expects.

“It will be more open and accountable with clear, published targets so the public can see whether it is delivering - putting us in a stronger position to deliver the transformation we have promised.”

Regional Director, Phil Taylor said:

“I welcome this opportunity to deliver a service more tailor-made for local needs. Agency status will be a catalyst to improve performance and public perceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland of our work.

“I have already started working closely with key partners and stakeholders to ensure that we meet our objectives of securing our borders, fast track asylum decisions, enforcing compliance with our immigration laws and managing migration to boost the UK economy.”

The shadow Agency is the next step forward in delivering an immigration service that is fair and accountable and in which the public can have confidence.  There will be a new focus on delivery at a regional level with each director taking operational responsibility for delivery across the range of day to day immigration activity and working in more open partnership with other key stakeholders.

The Border & Immigration Agency  will remain part of the Home Office, but will have greater public accountability for the service it provides and greater operational freedom to deliver it. There will be a visible Border & Immigration Agency presence at all ports with uniformed immigration officers and new signage, an individual case owner managing asylum cases from start to finish, and more staff on the ground enforcing the rules and removing those with no right to be here. 

Notes to News Editors:

1    Phil Taylor, BIA Regional Director Scotland & Northern Ireland:

He started his Home Office career as an Immigration Officer at Dover, moving to enforcement in London.  Following a spell as an Entry Clearance Officer in Bangladesh he moved to Heathrow as a Chief Immigration Officer. From there he was part of the Warnings Index team which developed and implemented that system, after which he headed up the Illegal Entry section as an Inspector.  Following periods of operational planning and at Heathrow as an Inspector, Phil became the Assistant Director for Operational Planning and Support Services.  As a Deputy Director Phil led the Finance and Planning Group for Border Control and Enforcement & Removals before becoming IND’s first Regional Director.  He has a law degree from London University and a Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College London.

2    Carlo Lamanuzzi is in post as Regional Press Officer and will cover all media queries on immigration and asylum matters for the Scotland and Northern Ireland areas.  He can be contacted on 0141 555 1443 or emailed at

3    The Border and Immigration Agency comprises of six regions with six Regional Directors. The six regions are:

  • Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
  • North West
  • Wales and the South West
  • London and the South East; and the
  • Midlands and East of England

4      The Border & Immigration Agency will operate in shadow status for the first year. This means getting much of the technical architecture, such as its delegated freedoms and its responsibilities towards the rest of the Home Office in place early to smooth the transition to full agency status.  The Business Plan for the Agency and its framework agreement will be published in April.

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate’s (IND) reform plan, Fair, Effective Transparent and Trust: Rebuilding Confidence in our Immigration System was published in July 2006.  This review set out plans to establish IND as an agency on a shadow basis from April 2007, and to introduce Regional Directors with the freedom and flexibility to improve performance and local accountability.