Philip Duffy is the Border Force Chief Operating Officer.
Philip grew up in Slough, Berkshire. After university, he lived abroad for a while and joined the civil service in 2003. He has worked on a wide variety of subjects, from housing and the environment to community cohesion and immigration.
In 2006, Philip studied at the French National School of Government and worked on policing and borders issues in Marseille. He joined the Home Office in 2009 and, following his appointment as director of immigration and border policy in 2011, managed a programme of work to reduce immigration to the UK and reform immigration law.
Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration at 140 ports and airports, postal depots and rail terminals including Eurostar and Eurotunnel operations.
Work involves stopping passengers arriving by sea or air for immigration control purposes, revenue protection and risk-led interception of Class A drugs, cash, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, prohibited goods, counterfeit goods and clandestine entrants.
Border Force also plays a pivotal role in national security and counter terrorism.