The Director of National Enabling Programmes has been appointed as the CEO of the Police ICT Company for 2 years, starting in February 2018.
At the recent Police ICT Summit it was announced that Ian Bell, CIO of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the Programme Director for the National Enabling Programmes, will become the new CEO of the Police ICT Company. He will be taking up a two year secondment with the Company, starting in February 2018. Ian replaces Acting CEO Robert Leach, who took over from former CEO Martin Wyke in April 2017.
Ian is also Vice Chair of the National Police Technology Council, and Patron of techUK's Justice and Emergency Services Committee. Ian said: “I’m delighted to take up this opportunity to lead the Police ICT Company, for and on behalf of UK police forces, together with its national partners. It’s a great start to 2018 knowing that I will play a key role in enabling the Company to become a crucial and critical friend to our police forces, driving innovative new technology that will lead to positive change, including greater efficiencies, within police ICT.”
Henry Rex, techUK's Programme Manager for Justice & Emergency Services, said of the announcement:
"On behalf of all techUK members, I'd like to congratulate Ian Bell, and the Police ICT Company Board, on this appointment. Ian has a very impressive track record and is widely respected among Police forces and suppliers alike. As the recent Police ICT Summit demonstrated, the Police ICT Company, the Enabling Programmes, and the NPTC have become increasingly aligned over the past year, and this appointment marks the next logical on that journey. This is a very smart appointment as the Police ICT Company enters a defining year.
techUK looks forward to continuing our close working with Ian and the Police ICT Company over the course of the coming year, and wishes Ian all the very best in his new role.
I would also like to express sincere thanks to Robert Leach for his willingness to engage with suppliers during his tenure as Acting CEO. Over the last 10 months Robert's impressive efforts have significantly raised the profile of the Company among the tech community, and his reassuring leadership and his openness was appreciated by all. He has our thanks and best wishes for the future."