Ian has eight years experience of working on contentious migration and criminal justice policies for the UK’s Home Office. Before joining Fragomen in August 2011, he held the post of Assistant Director in the UK Border Agency.
In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK’s economic migration policy. Ian has acted as a key business liaison since the introduction of the Points Based System (PBS) and has worked with companies of all sizes to assess and analyse impacts as new rules and policies have come into force. His early work on Tier 2 of the PBS led to initiatives that simplified policies for graduate recruitment, senior hires, payment practices, allowances and skills transfer.
Most recently, Ian played a central role in the design and implementation of the UK’s much debated policy placing a cap on economic migrants. Ian also fronted an extensive Government consultation on the cap and worked with experts to revamp the UK’s high value migration routes in Tier 1 of the PBS.
Earlier in his career, Ian was a core member of policy teams that developed, legislated for and implemented policies to prevent sham marriages, deport foreign criminals and to incorporate civil partnerships in to the UK immigration rules.