SHAPING IMMIGRATION POLICY

Chartered ABS Deans' Meeting

14:00-15:00, 18 March, online

Chartered ABS Deans’ Meetings bring together Deans of Chartered ABS member business schools for candid discussion and debate.

In this meeting we will explore the changing shape of the immigration landscape, the new rules about student and graduate visa routes, and the role of the Chartered ABS in shaping immigration policy.

The meeting will be chaired by the Chair of the Chartered ABS, Professor Robert MacIntosh, and we will be joined by a small panel of guest speakers. All discussion is under the Chatham House Rule and attendance is restricted to the Deans of Chartered ABS member institutions.

Agenda to follow in due course.

Guest Speakers:

Zeena Luchowa
Senior Solicitor, Laura Devine Immigration

Anne Marie Graham
Chief Executive, UKCISA

Professor Robert MacIntosh
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Newcastle Business School; Chair, Chartered ABS

Matthew Percival
Director, Future of Work and Skills, CBI.

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and Law, Northumbria University

Professor Robert MacIntosh trained as an engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Academy of Social Sciences and the British Academy of Management. He has published over 100 outputs including books on strategy, organisational change and research impact. His background reflects a long-standing interest in multidisciplinary research that makes a difference in the world. He is an advocate of the transformative power of universities both in their learning and teaching and in their research and knowledge exchange.

He has held leadership roles in business schools at Strathclyde, Glasgow and Heriot-Watt and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law at Northumbria University. He is also Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management.

He has extensive experience working with, facilitating and researching strategy in a range of publicly traded firms, large public organisations and third sector organisations and has supervised a number of senior leaders from the US, Canada, Europe and the UK to doctoral completion.

Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Anne Marie Graham is Chief Executive at UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs), leading the organisation to achieve its vision that every international student who comes to the UK has a positive experience. Prior to this, she was Director of Chevening, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's flagship global scholarship scheme at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Previously, Anne Marie was Head of Outward Mobility and Assistant Director, Programmes at Universities UK International, where she led on several significant programme

and projects promoting international mobility, including scholarships, TNE and outward mobility. At the National Centre for Languages, she directed the development of new national standards in translation and interpreting, in support of the UK Government's Routes into Languages programme. Anne Marie is a member of several high-level sector advisory boards and was recently appointed a Commissioner on the International Higher Education Commission, informing recommendations for a new International Education Strategy.

Zeena Luchowa, Senior Solicitor, Laura Devine Immigration

Zeena is a Senior Solicitor at Laura Devine Immigration in London. Zeena co-leads the firm’s Human Rights practice with Matthew Wills and has extensive experience in dealing with both personal and business immigration matters. Zeena deals with a range of complex personal immigration matters. This includes matters relating to refusals, challenging mandatory 10-year entry bans, appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal as well as applications for judicial and administrative review.

Zeena is a member of the Law Society’s Immigration Law Committee and represents the organisation externally and in consultations with the Home Office. She was actively involved in the proposed changes to the Immigration Rules, including the new Skilled Worker route, which came into force in December 2020, Covid-19 concessions and has provided commentary on the EU Settlement Scheme and Home Office’s procedural changes to applications. In 2020, she was commended for her exceptional contribution to the legal profession by the Law Society.

Matthew Percival, Director, Future of Work and Skills

Matthew is responsible for the CBI’s policy development and campaigns on the interactions between employers and their workforce. This work aims to ensure that the UK is a great place to create jobs and invest in people. It includes campaigns on education and training, employee engagement, immigration, diversity and inclusion, employee health and wellbeing, pay and pensions, and domestic and international labour law.

Prior to this role, Matthew was Head of Employment Policy for four years. He joined the CBI in 2011