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Chief Executive Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)

Looking to play a key role promoting and improving advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law?

  • Location: London EC1M 6JN, (with hybrid working - 2 days a week in the office and 2 days working from home)
  • Salary: £60,000 to £65,000 FTE per annum, depending on experience
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

This exciting opportunity will see the new Chief Executive provide strategic, financial and operational leadership for ILPA and advocacy on behalf of the profession and members. The Chief Executive will work closely with our Chair and skilled Board of Trustees to drive forward our agenda and strategy.

We’re looking for someone with extensive leadership experience from within the charity sector, who is a strategic thinker, with excellent diplomacy and relationship management skills. You will be an inspiring leader who can take us forward on our journey, building on our success. You will be someone who can embrace our values, build and model a positive culture and have the ability to drive strategic development and set a clear and compelling direction for ILPA.

Naturally people-focused, you will be able to engage with a broad range of stakeholders and partners and build relationships. We are looking for an individual with faultless integrity, sensitivity of the complex external landscape and self-awareness to enable them to negotiate, influence and operate as a credible and effective ambassador. Diplomatic, tactical and agile, you will be able to work across a complex landscape. With sound financial acumen, you must have the ability to identify new opportunities for funding and income development.

Ultimately, you will be able to demonstrate a proactive commitment to promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law and an ability to conduct advocacy on behalf of the profession.

At ILPA, we recognise the value of a diverse team, and we encourage applications from people with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

If you think this describes you, then please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

Jules Chaney (E: jules@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07399 749982) or

James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

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If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming the new Chief Executive of The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA).

This is an association that is well loved by its members. It was first founded in 1984 by a group of leading practitioners and now services over 800 members and nearly 4000 individual member contacts.

I first came to know of ILPA when I was a trainee solicitor, working for a sole practitioner who told me “If you work in immigration you have to be a member of ILPA”. This is something we hear often, as although ILPA is not a regulatory body, being a member is seen as a quality mark for practitioners and the services we provide are considered invaluable.

To our members, ILPA is a community where they come to share knowledge, keep up to date with changes and receive high quality training to enable them to practice effectively. Members also rely on ILPA to be their voice in seeking change for the better to immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice. This we do through the work of our expert legal team, engaging with policy makers and stakeholders, and drawing on the experiences and expertise of our members.

Whilst immigration has always been a political hot potato, the sector is facing challenging times ahead with the passing of the Nationality and Borders Bill, the plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, the proposed reform of the Human Rights Act, and the bedding in of the new business immigration system to mention but a few. ILPA is uniquely placed to support our members through these challenging times and to effectively influence policy and practice.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and be an ambassador of this highly respected organisation, doing vital work in this sector. You will be someone who can embrace our values, build and model a positive collaborative culture and have the ability to drive strategic development. For this role you will need to be able to operate diplomatically to interact with our members, policy makers, government, professional bodies, stakeholders and funders. ILPA is in a strong financial position, well-resourced and staffed. The staff team are ambitious, experienced and dedicated to ILPA’s objectives. The trustee board drawn from our members, is diverse, expert, and committed. The individual appointed will have strong managerial skills, sound financial acumen, they will understand the needs of an organisation with charitable status, they will have the ability to identify new opportunities for funding and the ability to further develop member benefits.

The current Chief Executive is leaving to take on a new challenge, and we are grateful for the eight years she dedicated to ILPA and the work that she accomplished in that time. She leaves a strong, close knit staff team which is supported by a passionate and collaborative Trustee Board.

If you believe you are the new Chief Executive to take this great organisation forward, building on our success, then we look forward to hearing from you.

We wish you every success in your application.

Yours sincerely

Hazar El-Chamaa

Chair, The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

About the Organisation

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is a professional association and registered charity, the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors, advocates and OISC regulated advisers practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Academics, non-governmental organisations and individuals with a substantial interest in the law are also members.

Founded in 1984 by leading practitioners in the field, ILPA exists to promote and improve advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law, through an extensive programme of training and disseminating information and by providing research and opinion that draw on the experiences of members.  ILPA is represented on numerous Government, official and non-Governmental advisory groups and regularly provides evidence to parliamentary and official enquiries.

The objectives of ILPA are:

  • to promote the advising and representation of immigrants,
  • to provide information to members and others on domestic and European immigration, asylum and nationality law,
  • to secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration, asylum and nationality law practice.

These are set out in full in ILPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association    

Our role and its context

ILPA is not a regulatory body. It requires all members giving immigration advice to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) or the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), or the equivalent professional bodies in the countries in which they work.

The Secretariat does not give advice to members of the public on individual cases but works closely with members to ensure that they are enabled to do their best for their clients. It runs ILPA’s busy training programme and produces a wide range of information for members and non-members.

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We are a living wage foundation employer and we include the following statement on our job application forms:

At ILPA, we recognise the value of a diverse team and we encourage applications from people with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

Successful candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Closing date for applications:  By 9 a.m., Friday 24th June 2022

    First stage interviews (virtual): From w/c Monday 4th July 2022

    Second stage interviews (London): From w/c Monday 11th July 2022

     

     

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