Slough Immigration Aid Unit
52 Chalvey High Street
Tel: 01753 246 730
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Monday - Thursday
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
OISC is responsible for regulating immigration advisers by ensuring they are competent and will act in the best interest of their clients.
OSIC Registration number: F200500137
Charity Registration number: 1064293
Shabana Bokhari is a Level 3 OISC regulated adviser so is able to represent immigration clients before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, as well as to the immigration authorities. She has worked at SIAU since January 2018, and previously with many different immigration firms and consultants since 2010, most recently with Newland Chase. She has extensive experience of all aspects of immigration and nationality law and wants to increase her experience of advocacy before the Tribunals. Shabana works at SIAU on Mondays and Wednesdays. She says, ‘I am enthusiastic, reliable and have superb communication skills. I am adaptable, enjoy challenges, work great in a team but also work well autonomously. I work well under pressure as I have great experience working in fast paced environments and have also developed great client facing skills.’ Shabana speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi, has an LLB from the University of East London and is currently working towards an LLM in human rights.
Parveen Akhter is a Level 2 OISC regulated adviser, who had worked at Hudson Legal for over 13 years before joining SIAU in January to April 2018, and then returning here in September 2019. She has many years’ experience in dealing with immigration, asylum, discretionary leave, nationality and European applications and works closely with clients to put their cases to the immigration authorities and support them through the process. Parveen works at SIAU on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Parveen says, ‘I am able to hold my ground in a highly pressurised situation and calm the nerves of my clients with a professional and informed manner. Hence, I am not fazed by varying immigration enquiries/developments as they present themselves.’ Outside work, Parveen is interested in growing her own and her family’s food, reflexology and reading.
Geoff Cutting is an honorary consultant for SIAU. He is a Level 3 OISC regulated adviser who worked part-time at SIAU from 2009 to 2017. He and Nisar Rehman, who had worked with SIAU for 11 years, set up their own business, RC Immigration Services, and now both work there full-time. Geoff has worked in immigration and asylum law since 2000, first at Trott & Gentry, solicitors, in London and then at SIAU. Geoff has a degree in law and a legal practice diploma. He has experience in all aspects of UK immigration law, in particular to do with family reunion, marriage and partnerships and children. He has particular specialist knowledge and expertise in European migration law.
Sue Shutter is the Chair of Trustees. She is a Level 2 OISC regulated adviser who volunteers at SIAU, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is also a volunteer at the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. She worked part-time for the previous Member of Parliament for Slough, doing constituency immigration casework, and before that worked at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants for 22 years. She wrote the first three editions of the JCWI Immigration, nationality and refugee law handbook and is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.
Lydia Simmons OBE is SIAU's Treasurer. She is a former Slough councillor and housing committee chair, and was the first black woman mayor of any town in the UK. She has much management experience and remains closely involved with many voluntary organisations and groups in Slough.
Charles Blake is a solicitor, a former law lecturer and a former immigration judge.
Mike Connolly is a retired Senior Probation Officer with considerable experience of working in the courts and in prisons. He was a non-executive director of Slough Primary Care Trust and is the Lay Board Member for the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG). He is a Foundation governor at St Joseph's Catholic High School and regularly sits on several local Education Appeal Panels, and is a trustee of Slough Council for Voluntary Service. He lived and worked in Rwanda and Kenya from 1970 to 1981.
Parvinder Matharu runs Sewak Housing Services Ltd, accommodating homeless young people and supporting Asian women who experience domestic abuse, where many also need immigration advice and help. She previously managed Kinara local Asian women's refuge, which often accommodated and supported women without secure immigration status and worked closely with SIAU.
Mai Knibbs is a solicitor, a counsellor, a dyslexia therapist, a Reiki practitioner and a retired teacher. She is a Quaker with a Catholic interfaith background and is currently training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. Since student days, she has supported local and national initiatives for peace, justice and understanding.
Ray Barkley worked for Mars for many years; he is now the secretary of the Slough branch of UNITE the Union, and active in Slough Trades Council and the Berkshire Credit Union. He is also a trustee of Slough Refugee Support and the Slough Labour Memorial Hall.