No doubt will be much missed by the Vampire Squid. But wait, who now takes over from Dame Leslie Strathie, who is also retiring but on grounds of (genuine) ill health? Ahh you could not make it up: "Lin Homer takes over from Dame Leslie Strathie in January 2012 Who she? In 2005 Birmingham was declared to be a "banana republic" by the Election Commission following wholesale electoral fraud in the council elections. There had been massive, systematic and organised postal ballot fraud. The Chief Returning Officer for Birmingham, one Lin Homer, did not fare well She was found to have "thrown the rule book out of the window" in an effort to process a three-fold increase in postal vote applications in the run-up to the poll. Mr Richard Mawrey QC said: "Postal ballot packages are sent out by ordinary mail in clearly identifiable envelopes. Short of writing 'Steal Me' on the envelopes, it is hard to see what more could be done to ensure their coming into the wrong hands." Following this triumph, the Labour government promptly made her head of the UK Borders Agency leading to: Lin Homer - Public Servant of the Year During 2008 Lin has not only successfully led the progress made by the Border and Immigration Agency in providing a first class immigration service for the British public . She has also been responsible for the creation of the United Kingdom Border Agency a successful organisation bringing together the Border and Immigration Agency, UK visas and Customs staff from HM Revenue and Customs and employing 25,000 public servants. Her appointment as Chief Executive represents a major vote of confidence in her achievements with BIA and in her exceptional leadership abilities So could that be the same UKBA that also threw the rule book out of the window and relaxed border controls then? Moving on from UKBA this summer (just before the proverbial hit the fan) she became Permanent Secretary at the Department of Transport. Now she moves to HMRC to continue her work ..