John Vine speaks at members’ summer drinks reception


A great turnout of UK Chamber members last night gathered for a summer drinks reception with our guest speaker John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

John was appointed by the Home Secretary in 2008 to run a new independent inspectorate on the efficiency and effectiveness of all UK border control, visa and in-country immigration operations. His speech gave interesting insight on some of his recent reports with a shipping focus.

John Vine said:

“I have visited a number of the UK’s seaports and seen co-operation between port operators, shipping companies and border force at first hand. Last year, my reports on ‘E borders’, ‘Juxtaposed controls’ and ‘Freight’ produced significant findings and I made a number of recommendations that were accepted by the Home Office which will improve efficiency and effectiveness.

“Shipping and seaports are an important part of the Home Office’s border operations and will continue to feature in my inspection programme.”

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten said:

“We aim to secure great speakers at our member events to provide interesting and exclusive insight and trigger some good discussions and last night’s guest John Vine was no exception.

“The UK Chamber has worked closely with John ever since he was appointed. He has been a regular guest at our Annual Dinner and I was delighted to be able to introduce him to more of our members last night.

“His no-nonsense reports are high profile and have led to improvement and change across the field. In relation to our main concern at the chamber – the functioning of border checkpoints at ferry ports – John’s reports have often confirmed our concerns and it was great to hear about these in more detail.”