Tony Smith CBE new International Liaison Director at Borderpol

London, UK

Tony Smith, CBE, former Director General UK Border Force and now Managing Director at Fortinus Ltd. has been appointed International Liaison Director at Borderpol.
Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in 2 different countries - Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000 - 2003) and the UK Immigration Service (2005 - 2007). He played a significant role in the
operational response to the terrorist attacks in North America on 9/11 and in vthe UK on 7/7. Tony also led the development and establishment of local immigration teams across London and the South East, and the delivery of Home Office PSA targets on removals and case conclusions (2007 - 2009).

Tony was the Senior Responsible Owner and gold commander for the UK Border Agency's London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Programme. He delivered his mission to contribute to a safe secure and inspirational Olympic Games by facilitating the entry of the vast majority of people and goods coming to the Games, whilst protecting the public from those that may cause harm.

Tony was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) from Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year's Honours List 2013 for his services to the security of the London 2012 Olympics.

In his own words Tony describes his experience, how he sees the future of border control, the role of Borderpol, and his place in it.

"During my time as Head of the UK Border Force I devoted a good deal of time and effort in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with other Border leaders around the world. Like me, many of them have seen considerable turbulence and change in their respective organisations over the years. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the United States; the development of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA); and the seemingly never ending restructuring of the UK Border Agency are all cases in point. But regardless of structural changes, there is one key factor that remains critical - the collaboration factor. It was this - coupled with some hugely dedicated and talented leaders - that enabled London to stage the most inspirational Games in Olympic history. And it will be this that will determine whether or not border agencies win or lose the battle against international criminals and terrorists".

"Whilst in government I had the privilege of representing my country at a number of international meetings. I was Head of the UK Border Force when the European Border Agency (Frontex) was first formed, where I had the pleasure of working with esteemed Heads of Borders from across Europe. In Canada I spent a good deal of time working on the US / Canada Border Accord, developing closer collaboration between the Canadian and US Border Agencies. And I am the only Head of Borders to have represented 2 separate countries at the Five Country Conference (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US) and at the IATA Control Authorities Working Group (CAWG)".

"On every occasion I found a huge will from different countries to collaborate on matters of facilitation and control. After all, one country's "outbound" is another country's "inbound"; and one country's "exports" are another's "imports". In an era of globalisation, it is ever more important that global border agency leaders work closely together to manage and mitigate threats".

"Since leaving government service, I have turned my attention to global border security matters and how I can help "from the outside" to continue to promote safe and secure travel whilst minimising the threats we all face from international terrorists, criminals, traffickers and smugglers. These challenges are not unique to the UK. I know well - from my time as Head of Ports and Borders in Canada - that they are universal".

"Unlike the Customs Agencies - who have a "World Customs Organisation" - or the Police Departments who have "Interpol" - there is no "global" organisation for Border Agencies. The nearest to have bridged that gap has been "Borderpol", which has members from all parts of the world and uses experts to promote collaboration and best practice".

"If Borderpol can bridge the gap between the established border alliances in North America, Europe, the Far East / Australasia and the 5CC - and introduce similar arrangements in emerging markets in the Middle East, South America and Africa - then they will be providing a huge service to global border security. But they will only be able to do so if the relevant leaders look upward and outward in a genuine spirit of global collaboration, rather than inward and downward in pursuit of local short term goals and targets".

"This may require a leadership commitment of Olympic proportions - but nothing was ever achieved without determination and wholehearted commitment to teamwork. I will do all I can to help them in their mission".

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