More information on our relationship with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is set out in our Framework Agreement. As an independent, non-departmental public body, we are governed by our board and team of directors.
Our non-executive board members are:
- Ronnie Alexander
- Punam Birly
- Joyce Cullen
- Marcus Killick
- Leo O’Reilly
All are appointed by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The Board will meet quarterly each year. It delegates day to day management to the Chief Executive and staff. You can read our board agendas and minutes further down on this page.
The executive team at the IMA head three directorates which are overseen by our Chief Executive. The team includes:
- Miranda Biddle, Chief Executive
- Andrew Bagley, Director of Governance and Corporate Services
- Rhys Davies, General Counsel
- Pam Everett, Director of Operational Delivery
Our Executive Team
Latest board agendas and meetings
Our board will meet four times in 2023, and the minutes and agendas of those meetings will be available on our website.
Also available to read are the board terms of reference and their registers of interest.
Thursday 16 March 2023
Thursday 15 June 2023
Thursday 28 September 2023
Thursday 14 December 2023
The following Committees have been established now all Board members have been appointed; and will each meet on quarterly basis.
Audit and risk committee – Chair; Leo O’Reily
Delivery and Impact Committee – Chair; Marcus Killick
HR and Remuneration Committee – Chair; Purnam Birly
Board Minutes – March 2023Board meeting agendas and minutes
Board Minutes – December 2022Board meeting agendas and minutes
Board Minutes – September 2022Board meeting agendas and minutes
Board Terms of ReferenceBoard meeting agendas and minutes
Board Audit and Risk CommitteeBoard meeting agendas and minutes
Board Delivery and Impact CommitteeBoard meeting agendas and minutes
The citizens’ panel was set up so that the IMA could hear directly from EU and EEA EFTA citizens and their family members. They act as critical friends to the IMA, drawing on their lived experience to support and challenge the way in which the organisation works.
Members meet virtually twice a year with representatives from the IMA team including our Chief Executive. As well as sharing their experiences of life as EU and EEA EFTA citizens, and those of their family members, panel members also give feedback on the IMA’s work.
All members are aged 16 or over, live in the UK or Gibraltar and come from one of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway.
The IMA used its social media channels, website and stakeholder organisations to tell people that it was setting up a citizens’ panel and needed people to apply.
There was a fantastic response, with the final panel being selected on a balance of the below criteria:
- Equal representation from as many EU and EEA EFTA countries that we had applicants from
- Representation from citizens living in all parts of the UK and Gibraltar
- A good reason for wanting to join the panel
- A mix of employed, unemployed, students and retired individuals
- A broad range of ages
We hope that this approach will give us better insights into the many varied experiences of citizens living in the UK and Gibraltar.
To be eligible to join the citizens’ panel, you must be aged 16 or over, live in the UK or Gibraltar and come from one of the 27 EU countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. Applications must be from individuals, not organisations.
We are always interested in hearing from eligible individuals (see below), who are interested in joining the citizens’ panel.
We will be changing the members of the panel regularly, so some members will be with us for two years and some for a year.
If you would like to join the citizens’ panel at a future date, please email email@example.com
Meet some of our Citizens’ Panel
I came to the UK from Sweden in the 1980s to be with my English husband, Keith. We met in Lincoln on a week-long teachers’ course run by the Department for Education when I was on a scholarship from the Council of Europe – he was an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate) and I was a senior teacher in Sweden.
At that time Sweden wasn’t in the EU so there were some hurdles. I had to travel back and forth until we got married. Then I had to wait more than two years to get my teaching qualification accredited.
When the Windrush scandal came to light it really hit me. I thought back to my situation and knew that I’d had an easy ride. When I saw a Facebook post about the IMA Citizens’ Panel I wanted to get involved - Windrush pointed to the fact that we are not completely secure here. It could be me next if I’m older and not able to speak up for myself, or a neighbour or friend.
There is a sense of security in an organisation being able to intervene on behalf of EU citizens. By being on the IMA’s citizens’ panel I can tell the organisation about potential problems and make sure that things are done properly.
So far since Brexit I haven’t personally experienced issues. I found applying for settled status straight forward. I could have stuck with my old Indefinite Leave to Remain status but that meant I could only leave the UK for two years whereas with settled status it’s five. You never know what happens in life and when you may need to be away.
A Swedish friend of mine with the same options decided not to apply for settled status; she doesn’t feel comfortable with digital only proof after Windrush. I think it’s wrong not to give citizens, especially older people, physical proof of their right to stay; many don’t even have a modern phone.
I’m very interested in fairness. EU citizens are part of the rich tapestry of life in the UK. We didn’t come to take the best bits of the place - we came here to work and study or for love. I spent years teaching and then, after retirement, volunteering in a school. It’s important that we as EU citizens feel that we can trust the authorities here. It’s good to be involved with an organisation like the IMA which can intervene on our behalf.
I moved to London from Portugal aged 17. It was a bit of a rash decision. I didn’t speak a word of English and had never been abroad. But I enjoyed it straight away. There’s always been something in me that makes me proud to live and work in London, it’s such a big and diverse city.
I started out as a waiter and now work in head office for a restaurant chain. I live with my wife who is also Portuguese and our 16-year-old daughter. We talked about going back to Portugal. We used to say, ‘Let’s stay until the London Olympics and then go back’. That didn’t happen and both of us are happy here. It’s 24 years for me now. No plans to leave soon.
Everyone was convinced that we were going to remain in 2016. I remember the shock on that day, thinking how is this even possible? Even then we didn’t think about returning. We just thought, ‘let’s just see what comes out, what the new rules are’. We haven’t had any problems since we left. I took part in one of the first trials for the settlement scheme - I had to pay £60. After that they said it was free and I applied for my wife and daughter with no problems. They refunded me the £60.
I heard about the IMA through Facebook. I thought this is interesting and a good idea to be a part of the citizens panel.
I think one of the biggest problems we face is documentation of status. It works perfectly in theory but it’s not there yet. You go for a job and people want to see printed evidence. Or a budget airline demands printed copies of a web page with your status. It defeats the object. People don’t understand how it works.
There definitely is a need of an independent body to monitor government actions.
The very first time I lived in the UK was in 1997. My father was working for the NHS and my mother and I came over to be with him. But this was before Romania was in the EU so we could only stay a few months. I came back in 2012 with an offer to study at Sussex University.
At that time, I wasn’t the type of young person to be interested in politics or debating - I was busy working and studying. I wasn’t even that involved in the referendum debate. It was after Brexit that politics became more serious for me.
At that point I was studying for a Master's degree at Cambridge University. I started really to think how the changes would affect me. The first thing I did after the vote was go to Google to see how I could get proof of my status here. I found I didn’t have the five years you needed for a permanent residency card on the old system.
There was so much uncertainty around the negotiation period when it came to the settlement scheme. A lot of my Romanian friends were really concerned, talking about moving to Romania or another country. Around this time, I saw an event about citizens’ rights by the3million. I went along and began volunteering in campaigns, including translating documents in Romania. I now co-manage the Young Europeans Network, the youth wing of the organisation.
I also got accreditation from the OISC to advise on EU Settlement Scheme applications and have supported other Romanians to apply for (pre-)settled status. I found a lot of tech issues as many people don’t have a smart phone or Wi-Fi at home. It generates the question of how they would be able to navigate the digital only status when they want a job or to rent a place.
And there is a question of do people know what to do with the rights they have? Do they know their rights in welfare and healthcare? There is still a knowledge gap in some communities.
When I heard of the call for an IMA Citizens’ Panel I thought it was important that I apply - in many meetings about migrant communities I am the only eastern European there.
At the first IMA panel meeting I saw that there were people from nearly every nationality and a good mix of people with lived experience and those that work in the sector supporting vulnerable people. It’s good to have a diversity of views so it will be interesting to see how the citizens’ panel develops.
I came to the UK from Belgium in 1999. The university I was working at in Belgium was collaborating with a company that had job openings over here - my partner and I thought we’d come for a bit of an experience. But somehow life catches up with you and 20 years later, I now have a 19 and 16 year old who call the UK home. And to be honest this is my home now too.
It was very easy to settle here back then. I can’t remember ever having to deal with bureaucracy when buying a house, getting a mortgage or accessing healthcare. It was similar to being in your home country. When the referendum was announced I got involved in politics for the first time. I’ve always been interested but Brexit felt so personal that I wanted to campaign. I’m now a local councillor.
Despite being involved in the run up to the vote, the result came as a massive shock. And there was a feeling of sadness around not feeling wanted - you do start to see the country where you live in a different light.
My main concern is being identified as a separate group. Settled status sets you apart. Even though we have rights in the withdrawal agreement I worry that those rights can be eroded over time. That’s one of the reasons I decided to get involved with the Citizens’ Panel. I see the IMA as an advocate that can keep a watchful eye to ensure peoples’ rights remain.
I also think it’s important to help communicate what citizens’ rights actually are. A lot of Europeans don’t know and will fall through the net. I also don’t think that the British public understand our rights well enough – I’ve heard people make assumptions that citizens will have to start paying for healthcare and education. Understanding is essential to implementing rights on the ground.
The panel is a chance for the IMA to take a bottom up approach and really connect with the grassroots; the people who are affected. As a local councillor I hear citizens’ stories and find out what they are struggling with. By being on the Citizens Panel I can be a friendly face bridging the gap between people and an organisation.