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Find out all about our new citizens’ panel below.

Welcome

Thank you for paying us a visit. This page tells you who we are, what we do, why you might want to be a member of the first IMA Citizens’ Panel as well as giving you details of how to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you.

Who we are?

We are an independent organisation that makes sure the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the UK and Gibraltar are upheld after Brexit.

We work across the UK and Gibraltar so if you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or Gibraltar and are a citizen from one of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway we’re here to help protect your rights.

What does the IMA do?

We ensure that citizens who call the UK and Gibraltar home can live, study, and raise families here just as they did before Brexit.

We can challenge public bodies (for example, councils and government departments), when there is unfair treatment of citizens.

Knowing about unfair treatment is very important to us. We get this information by:

  • Asking citizens to tell us about unfair treatment through our complaints portal
  • Hearing from other organisations in the UK and the EU about potential problems

We don’t look at individual complaints unless we think it could be part of a bigger problem. Individual experiences are, however, still important to us as they help us to build a bigger picture of where things might be going wrong

If we think a public body is not upholding the rights of citizens, we will investigate and if we find problems, we will ask for changes to be made. We also have legal powers to challenge public bodies.

Find out more about us in our Annual Plan.

Why should I join the IMA Citizens’ Panel? 

If you are an EU or EEA EFTA citizen, then you know what everyday life is really like in the UK and Gibraltar; you will know whether things have changed for the better or worse after Brexit.

You may also have ideas about the work of the IMA and what we do well and what we could do better. The citizens’ panel is an opportunity for you to share these insights directly with us and help us understand the experience of EU and EEA EFTA citizens.

How will the panel work?

We aim to have between 60 and 90 members on the panel and would like to have representation from every EU and EEA EFTA country.

This a voluntary role and the panel will meet virtually twice a year with members of the IMA Team including our Chief Executive, Dr Kathryn Chamberlain.

You will be asked to give your personal feedback on specific parts of our work such as our Annual Plan and to share what is important to you and your experiences of being an EU and EEA EFTA citizen in the UK and Gibraltar. Your voice is important to us.

As there are many EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the UK, we will want to change the members of the panel regularly so some panel members will be with us for two years; and some for a year so that all members do not leave at the same time.

Who can join the panel?

If you are aged 16 or over, live in the UK or Gibraltar and come from one of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, or Norway and are happy to share your personal views you are eligible to join the IMA Citizens’ Panel.

We’re hoping to hear views directly from citizens themselves not views on behalf of organisations.

Apply to join the IMA Citizens’ Panel

If you would like to be a member of the IMA Citizens’ Panel, please complete this form

Our terms of reference and code of conduct might help you with your application. Part of the form asks you to tell us why you want to be part of the panel and this will be of particular interest to us.

Please let us know which country you come from as we want to try and make sure that our panel has members from all the EU and EEA EFTA countries we represent.

Please also remember to leave us your email address as we will want to contact you to let you know whether you are a member of the panel or not or ask if we can keep your application on file for future citizens’ panel recruitment.

The deadline for applications is June 11th, 2021, although this may close earlier or later depending on the number of applications we receive.

Our board

Sir Ashley Fox
Chair of the IMA

Sir Ashley is a business consultant providing strategic advice on the European Union. Sir Ashley formerly served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and represented the South West of England & Gibraltar for 10 years.

During his career in the European Parliament Sir Ashley was a member of the committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs where he was the rapporteur on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions. He also served as spokesman on the Industry, Research and Energy committee where he authored the Parliament’s reports on Crowdfunding and also Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. In 2017 he founded the European Parliament’s All-Party Innovation Group.

Since 2015 he has been the lay member on the Leadership Nomination Committee of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Before entering the European Parliament, Sir Ashley was a solicitor specialising in insurance litigation. He served as a City Councillor in Bristol from 2002-2010. He was knighted in 2019 for political and public service.

Appointed until 7 December 2024.

Ronnie Alexander

Ronnie is currently a Non-Executive Director with HM Inspectorate of Education and Training in Wales (Estyn). He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Ronnie occupies the position of Independent Chair of the Standards Committee for Blaenau Gwent Borough Council. He is also a member of the Standards Committees for the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Ronnie spent 20 years within the Welsh Government creating health protection policy and leading on climate change and health issues. Between 1994 – 2013, he was Chief Environmental Health Officer, Welsh Government.

Appointed until 16 March 2024

Punam Birly

Punam is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and was a Partner at  KPMG LLP (UK) from 2008 – 2020. She was Head of Employment and Immigration within the Tax and Legal Services Practice and the lead on People related Brexit issues. She is also an international social security specialist. She previously worked at Andersen, Deloitte and PwC. During this time, Punam advised clients across all sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail and Oil & Gas on a range of people and employer related tax, social security, immigration, reward and employment matters. She advised multinational employers on cross border issues for frontier workers. She also advised employers and private equity firms on comparative country locations in which to establish new business, focusing on the regulatory aspects of establishing global employment companies. Punam is a Trustee of the Carers Network charity, based in London. 

Appointed until 7 December 2022.

Joyce Cullen

Joyce Cullen has practiced as a litigation solicitor in private practice for 39 years. She was admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in Scotland in 1995. She has held a public appointment as Non-executive Director of the Joint Management Board of the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland, since 2015.

Ms Cullen was Chair of Brodies LLP from 2004 to 2013; Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s Employment Law Reform Sub-Committee from 2006 to 2018; Chair of the steering group of Elevate-Scotland from 2016 to 2019 and was appointed as Chair of the Board of Governors of George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh in 2020.

Appointed until 9 February 2023

Marcus Killick

Marcus is currently  the CEO at the ISOLAS LLP law firm, Chairman of the Gibraltar Insurance Association NED Forum, whilst also being part-owner of the Gibraltar Magazine. He has fulfilled non-executive roles across several organisations, including the Fiduciary Group, the Gibraltar International Bank, BetVictor Ltd, Callaghan Insurance Brokers Ltd, Masbro Ltd, Peninsula Underwriting Ltd, and the Commission of the Office of Fair Trading. Marcus served as the CEO of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission for 12 years. During this time, he also fulfilled the Chairman position of the Group of International Insurance Centre Supervisors, as well as of the Gibraltar Investors Compensation Scheme and the Gibraltar Deposit Guarantee Board. Prior to performing these roles, Marcus was awarded the OBE in 2014 and is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Appointed until 7 December 2023.

Leo O’Reilly

Leo is a Non-Executive Audit and Risk Committee Member of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. He was a former civil servant in the Northern Ireland Civil Service with over 27 years’ experience as a senior civil servant covering a diverse range of functions and activities across government in both NI and GB.  These include over 11 years as the Permanent Secretary of three Northern Ireland departments.  He is also engaged in a number of voluntary activities associated with supporting leadership, administration and management in the education sector including as Chair of the Board of Governors of a voluntary grammar school in Belfast.

Appointed until 7 December 2023.

Our executive team

Dr Kathryn Chamberlain,
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive, Kate is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the IMA and advising the board on how IMA are delivering its responsibilities. 

Kate is an experienced Chief Executive, having spent 7 years as the Chief Executive at Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. Previously Kate was the Welsh Government’s Chief Statistician and Head of Knowledge and Analytical Services.

Rhys Davies,
General Counsel

Rhys is responsible for leading the team advising the board on all aspects of the statutory functions of the IMA under the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.

Rhys trained and qualified as a lawyer with the Welsh Government Legal Services Department, where he spent 10 years in various roles. 

Andrew Bagley,
Director of Governance and Corporate Services

Andrew and his team ensure that the IMA is operating in accordance with recognised good corporate standards. They provide support on quality assurance, strategy, planning and performance; as well as other corporate services such as HR, IT and Finance. 

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant who qualified during his time with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he specialised in private and public sector audit (internal and external). Andrew went on to work within Internal Audit for Vodafone, Associated British Foods and more recently the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as part of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA).

Pam Everett,
Director of Operational Delivery

Pam and her team run the day-to-day operations of the IMA. This includes the receipt and assessment of complaints from the public, monitoring public authorities to make sure they are respecting the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens, and conducting inquiries to hold public bodies to account.

Pam is an analyst by training. She has spent most of her career in various roles at the Office for National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority. Pam was also previously Chief Statistician at the Cabinet Office.

The Independent Monitoring Authority the for Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) is an independent non-departmental public body. This means that although we are funded by the UK Government, we operate independently to ensure our work is objective and impartial.

As an independent; non-departmental public body, we are governed by our board and team of directors.

Contents

Board members

Our board has six non-executive members:

  • Sir Ashley Fox (Chair)
  • 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 six times in 2021. It delegates day to day management to the Chief Executive and staff. You can read our board agendas and minutes on this page.

Executive team

  • Kathryn Chamberlain (Interim Chief Executive)
  • Andrew Bagley, Director of Governance and Corporate Services
  • Rhys Davies, General Counsel
  • Pam Everett, Director of Operational Delivery

Framework document

This sets out the framework of our relationship with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). It can be viewed here on our website.

Board meetings

Our Board will meet on:

  • Friday 22 January 2021
  • Thursday 18 February 2021
  • Thursday 18 March 2021
  • Thursday 17 June 2021
  • Thursday 16 September 2021
  • Thursday 16 December 2021

Board register of interest

Our Board register of interests is here.

Board agenda and minutes

Board agenda and minutes will be made available here.

Board Committees

The following Committees have been established now all Board members have been appointed; and will each meet on quarterly basis.

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Delivery and Impact Committee
  • HR and Remuneration Committee

Related information