Police ICT Company welcomes new Chair
The Police ICT Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, as its new Chair with immediate effect.
Stephen was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire in May 2016 and, in January 2019, also took over the governance of Northamptonshire’s fire service to become Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
He replaces Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who stood down from her role as Board Chair in order to focus on her new role as Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). Katy has been in post since 2016 and, together with the Board of Directors and the Company’s CEO, Ian Bell, has overseen an ambitious Company transformation programme aimed at delivering a new service proposition to UK policing. Katy remains as a valued member of the Board.
Stephen will be working closely with the Company Board to further drive the Company’s work on exploring and developing technological solutions that will meet the needs of all forces while delivering efficiencies through economies of scale. Together with Ian Bell and the Board, Stephen aims to challenge the Company, professionals and commercial systems providers to ensure planned investment takes account of local and national priorities, and that solutions really do meet the needs of police forces.
Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “Coming on board as Chair is an exciting opportunity and one that I will bring my experience and passion to, to ensure the Company is fulfilling its vision and providing maximum value as a technology partner and driver of innovation to our police forces.
“From maintaining and counselling on the national capability model, design standards and architecture, to supporting enhanced service delivery through innovative technology, the Company has a big role to play in the policing landscape. One of my top priorities, as covered in my Northamptonshire Police and Crime Plan, is to improve and update technology systems and applications to increase efficiencies. My new position as Chair of the Police ICT Company Board will enable me to focus on this priority and to encourage technological enablement on a greater level, not just locally in Northamptonshire but across our UK police forces.
“I genuinely believe that there are opportunities to explore the development of more integrated platforms that will allow policing across the country to work better together while retaining local accountability.”
Police ICT Company CEO Ian Bell said: “I’m looking forward to working with Stephen to drive the direction of the Company and strengthen our ongoing relationships and value-add to UK police forces and our national partners. Stephen’s passion to ensure that the police service makes the best use of new technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness aligns exactly with the Company’s aim to get more from technology investments and make better use of public money.”