CEO appointed to drive The Police ICT Company


The Board of Directors of The Police ICT Company have appointed Ian Bell to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his post on February 5, 2018.

Ian is currently the Chief Information Officer for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the Programme Director for the National Enabling Programmes. He is a senior ICT leader with more than 16 years’ experience and a proven track record of working in both the private and public sector, operating within large global corporate structures. He will be taking up a two-year secondment with the Company.

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.

“I would also like to thank Robert Leach for leading the Company as Acting CEO since April 2017. Robert has demonstrated a professional and dedicated approach to his responsibilities throughout this period. His calm and measured leadership has been instrumental in reassuring staff, partners and Board members alike that the Company could continue to function effectively during this transition period.”

Ian 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.”

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About Ian Bell

Photo of Ian Bell, CEO of The Police ICT Company and Deputy Chair of the NPTCIan joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2008 as Head of ICT Service Delivery. His remit was to create a cohesive Service Delivery team and create substantial opportunity for cashable savings whilst creating a platform for new technological opportunities. His successes included the delivery of best of breed ICT architecture were delivered with best of breed technologies, delivering multiple millions of savings.

He became Head of ICT in Cambridgeshire on 1 October 2011 and subsequently the Head of ICT for BCH in July 2014. Ian 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.
Ian’s previous roles included Chartered Accountant, Head of Services at Associated British Foods, managing both internal IT teams and multi out-sourced services.