The head of the UK Border Force suspended by the Home Office was previously a governor at Bedford Prison.
Bedfordshire on Sunday understands that Brodie Clark lived in Bedford for a number of years and worked at HMP Bedford in St Loyes Street as a governing governor between 1989 and 1992.
In 2009, we reported that Mr Clark (full name Robert Brodie Clark) was awarded a CBE for his work developing the immigration force.
He became head of the Border Force in 2004 but on Friday the news broke that he had been suspended following claims some passport checks were not carried out during the summer.
Brodie Clark also sits on the board of the UK Border Agency, of which the Border Force is a part.
BoS understands that after Clark was also a governor of Whitemoor maximum security prison in 1994 and was in charge of the Border Agency’s detention service at the time of the Yarl’s Wood immigration centre fire in Clapham in 2002.
The Home Office said it had launched an investigation into the claims.
In July it said EU national checks could be reduced in “limited circumstances.”