Ian is a Partner in Fragomen’s London office where he focuses on UK immigration. Ian has worked in immigration for 15 years, including five years with Fragomen. He manages a large team that supports businesses across a range of sectors, including IT, energy, professional services and London’s burgeoning tech community.
Ian also manages Fragomen’s UK Government Strategies Practice. He works with decision makers in and around government, helping key people understand how the immigration system can better support business. He also works with Fragomen’s Strategic Migration Forum to ensure that messages to government are consistent and compelling.
Before joining Fragomen, Ian spent eight years at the Home Office working on contentious migration and criminal justice policies. In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK’s economic migration policy. His last role as a civil servant saw him play 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 into the UK immigration rules.