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The board of directors of the Police ICT Company has appointed Ian Bell to the role of chief executive officer.
Bell is currently the chief information officer for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the programme director or the National Enabling Programmes.
He is a senior ICT leader with over 16 years’ experience and a proven track record of working both in the private and public sector, operating within large global corporate structures.
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.”