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Police ICT Company launches chief executive recruitment

Published 14 July 2017

Process launched to find a replacement for Martin Wyke, who stood down after two years loading organisation’s work on more common technology standards


The Police ICT Company has launched a recruitment process to appoint a new chief executive to replace Martin Wyke, who stood down from the role in April.

Potential applicants have until August 7 to express interest in the position with the company, which is designed to help forces to more effectively implement technology solutions and common standards.

Formed in March 2015, the Police ICT Company was established to help provide an overarching IT strategy for forces, while ensuring value for money and improved opportunities for collaboration around technology. It is also designed to act as a centre of knowledge and expertise concerning police IT.

In seeking a successor for former chief executive Wyke, who joined the organisation in 2015 from TalkTalk, the Police ICT Company is looking for someone to lead its future work around creating new common service delivery standards and infrastructure models.

“You will be an effective leader and board level operator that can understand and engage with partners within the ICT and technology arena with credibility.  Our ambition is to grow and develop, which is where your track record of experience in leading growth will enable you to add value,” said the notice.  “Importantly, you will have the ability to take people with you on the journey of transformational change and engage knowledgeably with the diverse range of stakeholders and partners that work across this sector. “

According to the advertisement, preliminary interviews for the position are expected to commence on the week of August 21.  Following a shortlisting process, final panel interviews are then scheduled to go ahead from September 18.

Before standing down from his role, Wyke earlier this year spoke of the Police ICT Company's long-term aims to create a catalogue-style procurement service to provide accredited, standardised technologies such as body worn video equipment.

The aim of such a service would be to allow forces to select from pre-evaluated equipment that can support interoperable or shared working.

“Once it’s out there, almost like a framework agreement, that’s taking a lot of legwork away.  So the forces don’t go and have to do their own procurement deal,” he said at the time of the proposed arrangement.

In January, Wyke said no such decision had been made on who may undertake potential accreditation of testing, or whether it might be overseen by the Police ICT Company, potentially supported by the Crown Commercial Service if the plans go forward.

Amidst wider challenges to try and introduce more common standards around technology adoption and use for police forces, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) announced in April that it was leading work on a proposed network code.

In support of the code, which is designed to support improved interoperability in systems and hardware used by police forces, the inspectorate body announced it had procured legal expertise to begin drafting the code.

At the time, it is understood the Police ICT Company had not been involved in the drafting process or early planning for the network code.  However, police and crime commissioners are expected to examine the code proposals in detail once they are made available.

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