David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, took up his post on 1 May 2015. Initially, he was appointed to the role for a fixed period of two years. In May 2016, the Home Secretary extended this to five years to allow Mr Bolt to take a longer-term and more strategic approach to the work of the Inspectorate.
Prior to his appointment as Independent Chief Inspector, Mr Bolt spent five years as Chief Executive of the International Federation of Spirits Producers (IFSP) Ltd, which works globally to combat the counterfeiting of its members’ distilled spirits.
Between 2006 and 2010, he was Executive Director of Intelligence at the Serious Organised Crime Agency, with responsibility for knowledge management, tasking and co-ordination and covert collection. Between 2001 and 2006, he was Deputy Director General at National Crime Intelligence Service, responsible for Corporate Governance and Strategic Intelligence. From 2001 to 2010, he edited the annual UK Threat Assessment of Organised Crime. Prior to 2001, Mr Bolt was a member of the Security Service for 25 years, serving in a range of operational and policy roles, from Executive Officer grade to Assistant Under Secretary (Director).