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Andile Makubalo (South African High Commission) meets Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International)


Cabeer and Shabnam Ahmed of Hartley Bain Solicitors


Visas on the move: Ashwin Balse (VFS Global) demonstrates biometric enrolment to Chirelle Sciberras (Malta) with VFS’s mobile kit


Consuls get down to some serious networking over coffee


Lina Goncalves (Portugal) meets Lucy Loizu (The International Family Law Group LLP)


Kate Hooper and Thomas Kingsmill of Fragomen meet Souliya Chanvixay (Laos)


Clara Koroma (Sierra Leone) chats to iivToni McCloggan (Embassy Events)


Andrew Hamilton (FCO Legalisation Office) addresses a packed audience


Marcel Borg (HM Passport Office) explains the anti-fraud technology of the new British passport


Marcel Borg (HMPO), Mrinal Mandal (VFS Global) and Stephen Chapman (HMPO) answer questions about secure passports and visas


Maria Anguelieva-Koleva (Bulgaria) talks to Rhiannon Lewis and Catherine Hutchinson of Dawson Cornwell


Books for Prisoners appeal: CCL President Christiaan Sys (Belgium), Governor of HMP Maidstone Dave Atkinson, Sue Ackerman (Rowland Brothers International) and Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart


Jefri Harun (Malaysia) talks to Vicky Comb and Lauren Birks-Nicola (Blair Consular Services Ltd)


Panelists in the family justice session: Sir Mathew Thorpe, Ruth Griffiths (Peterborough City Council), Karen Goodman (BASW), Zafer Yilkan (CAFCASS), Angela Wilson (CFAB), Alison Shalaby (Reunite), David Rowe (FCO) and David Hodson (IFLG LLP


Dr Karim Mahjoubi meets officers from from the US and Canadian consulates


Mark Spooner and Patrizia DeFabiani of Mears Repatriation talk to Jauyah Tuah (Brunei)


Larry Shaw and Kieran Mitchell of Slater and Gordon in conversation with Alice Navratilova (Czech Republic)


Marcelino Herrera Sanchez (Mexico) meets Beatriz Watts of Albin International Repatriation Ltd


Alison Shalaby (Reunite) talks to Carol Ngere (Nigeria High Commission)


Sebastian Lorenzini, Crisitan Faundez and Mario Benavente (all Embassy of Chile) find out more about CFAB


Saranbayar Sed-Ochir (Mongolia) talks to Beth Clayton (Grayson’s)


Julia McMenemy (Royal Over-Seas League) meets Herbert Lawrence (Jamaica)


Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart welcomes delegates to the Consular Conference

Embassy Consular Conference
With globally mobile citizens and rising insecurity, never has the job of a consul been more challenging. Consuls from nearly 100 missions gathered at the Royal Over-Seas League for the annual Embassy Consular Conference where they heard talks from key policy makers in government on topics as diverse as migration and asylum, secure travel documents, legalisation and cross border child protection and family justice (see Consular Special Report).

An exhibition area enabled consuls to meet experts in a variety of fields – from legal services and visa outsourcing, to repatriation and legalisation, all of whom can help them offer better customer service to their citizens.

The conference also offered a valuable opportunity for consuls to network with each other and share best practice. The day ended with a networking reception and the presentation of foreign language books to the Governor of Maidstone Prison who hopes to restock the prison library as part of the Consular Corps Books For Prisoners Appeal.

PHOTOS: PIERRE DE VILLIERS


The Rt Hon Sir Mathew Thorpe gives an overview of international family justice issues


Consular Corps President Christiaan Sys opens the AGM


Kerry Low draws the lucky winner with Elizabeth Newbold (A&N Solicitors)


Gill Noury (A&N Solicitors) presents a bottle of bubbly to a wining delegate Eric Bayer (France)


Alicia Ioaonnu (Home Office) gives an overview of the UK government’s migration policy


Kaye Hales (Embassy Events) assists Paul Cullinan of CIBT


Samantha Hill (Home Office) answers questions about the UK’s asylum policy


Michal Mazurek (Poland) networks with Iain Graham (FCO)


Bennet Gyau Yeboah (Ghana) poses a question


Lindsey Mepstead (My Mailing Room – Mailroom Security) meets Paul Gardner (Chacalli De Decker)


Andrew Hamilton of the FCO Legalisation Office


Christiaan Sys thanks Hayk Khemchyan (Armenia) for his service to the CCL Committee


Stephen Chapman of HM Passport Office


Cynthia Casburn (Australia) in conversation with Stephen Chapman (HMPO)


The Governor of HMP Maidstone thanks the consuls for their generous collection of foreign reading material for prisoners


A parting gift for departing CCL Committee member Althea Vanderpoole Banahene (Antigua and Barbuda)

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