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Police ICT Company picks Ian Bell as new chief executive

Matteo Natalucci Published 19 January 2018

Bell, who replaces Robert Leach, will start his new post on February 5


The Police ICT Company has appointed Ian Bell as its new chief executive.

Bell is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the Programme Director for the National Enabling Programmes.

He will take up his post on February 5, succeeding Robert Leach, who has served the Police ICT Company as acting CEO since April 2017.

Bell 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.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Police ICT Company, said, “Having worked with Ian in his role as Director of the National Enabling Programmes I know he is very well placed to lead the Company and drive forward the significant role it plays in helping police forces make better use of ICT.”

“His extensive experience also extends to him being a Board member of the Company and more than qualifies him for this timely appointment. I look forward to him starting and discussing with him his vision for the Company,” Bourne said.

Bell joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2008 as Head of ICT Service Delivery. He became Head of ICT in Cambridgeshire on October 2011 and subsequently the Head of ICT for BCH in July 2014. He is the vice-chair of the National Police Technology Council and in November 2016 became the Director of the National Enabling Programmes at their inception.

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