CEO appointed to ‘drive innovation and grow’ Police ICT Company

24/06/2015

Issued by: Anna Horne, Knowledge & Communications Manager

Date: June 23, 2015

The Police ICT Company has appointed former TalkTalk Chief Information Officer, Martin Wyke, to the role of Chief Executive, effective as of 17th June 2015.

The announcement follows a recruitment process which began when the post was publicly advertised in April and culminated on May 18 when the interview panel, which included three Company Directors, selected Martin as their preferred candidate.

Martin has 30 years of experience in IT solutions aimed at driving forward efficiency and effectiveness, most recently in telecommunications. He has a proven track record of leading IT organisations while stabilising service, coupled with initiating and delivering significant business and digital transformational programmes.  At TalkTalk he had full production responsibility for all IT and customer-facing platforms and ownership of the delivery of all technology programmes. Prior to 2012 he was Chief Technology Information Officer and member of the Operating Board at Virgin Media for three years

Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Police ICT Board of Directors, said: “I am delighted that we have found the person with the skills, experience and enthusiasm to provide leadership, drive innovation and grow the Company into a significant national organisation.

“Martin’s appointment is crucial as the Company strives to enable policing and associated bodies to make the best use of technology to deliver efficient and effective policing and improve public safety. This is a significant leadership role, providing strategic direction and commercial expertise. The ability to combine a drive towards long-term vision while delivering immediate benefits to forces – both financial and operational – is essential.

“We are confident that Martin’s broad knowledge of the commercial sector and his proven experience and skills in technology ideally place him to lead the Company’s growth and we are delighted he has now joined us.”

The appointment of the CEO is one of a number of strands of activity the Company has been working on as part of an ambitious programme. Together with the recruitment of an expert senior management team, current work includes putting in place arrangements to transfer a number of national IT solutions from the Home Office to the Police ICT Company and identifying opportunities to secure value for money by helping law enforcement agencies to get the best deal from suppliers. It is estimated that in the longer term the Company programme could release savings for police forces of at least £150m per year and support forces in making the best use of technology to deliver efficient and effective policing.

Notes for editors  

For further information or to request an interview please call Joe Kelly, Executive Officer, on 07714 399 761

About the Police ICT Company

The Police ICT Company supports law enforcement agencies to make the best use of technology to deliver efficient and effective policing in England and Wales. It supports and complements local activity and helps police and crime commissioners and local policing bodies to secure best value for money. The Company is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Its functions are:

  • Providing an overarching IT strategy which will enable the development of a national police IT framework to help forces align and harmonise their local systems
  • Commissioning the delivery of national police ICT requirements
  • Supporting law enforcement agencies to deliver services more efficiently and effectively by enabling greater collaboration, integration and harmonisation between ICT systems
  • Securing value for money by helping law enforcement agencies to get the best deal from suppliers
  • Providing a centre of knowledge and expertise in relation to ICT, encouraging innovation, supporting the delivery of digital capabilities and identifying opportunities for collaboration and shared learning

Please visit https://ict.police.uk for further details, including Company membership and Directors.

About Martin Wyke

Martin lives in Camberley, Surrey, and is married with 3 grown-up children. He graduated with a Computing In Business Degree in 1984 and has spent the last 30 years working for companies in the Retail and Telecommunications/Media sectors as well as a short tenure with CSC – a large systems integrator ad outsourcer. Martin has held CIO positions at Debenhams, Energis, Littlewoods Shop Direct Group, Virgin Media and most recently TalkTalk.

Outside of work Martin is a keen cyclist and golfer. Last year he completed the London Prudential Ride 100 (actually reduced to 84 miles due to the severe weather conditions) in under 4 hours.