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Northgate appoints new Divisional Director for Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Northgate Information Solutions today announces the appointment of Ian Blackhurst as Divisional Director for Criminal Justice and Public Safety within the Public Services division.

Ian’s responsibilities include overall business development, account management, product strategy and sales across the division’s work in criminal justice, public safety and health, which aims to improve community well-being and promote community justice.

In the UK, Northgate works with half of all fire brigades and ambulance trusts and every police force, delivering the national system for reporting police performance and processing over 5.5 million penalty notices annually. The company’s pioneering technology helps organisations use information to drive business benefits and improve performance through proactive management rather than simple reaction to events. Ian will seek to build on the company’s leading positions in enforcement and information management and drive future growth in new areas such as identity management.

“I am delighted to be leading our criminal justice and public safety work at such an important time,” said Ian. “Our leading position in these markets provides an ideal base from which to explore further opportunities to deliver value for our customers and the communities that they serve, and to help them meet the challenges that they face both now and in the future”.

“This appointment demonstrates our commitment to growth in the criminal justice and public safety sectors”, said Dave Meaden, Managing Director of Northgate Public Services. “Across the UK, criminal justice and public safety organisations are facing the challenges of delivering high-quality, efficient services that enjoy the trust of local communities. Our services are designed to help build stronger, safer and more secure communities, and this appointment will strengthen our ability to help meet tomorrow’s challenges in the most effective and efficient way.”

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For further information:-

Fellows’ Associates:

Kathy Sutton
Tel:020 7849 3403
Mob: 07966 890401
Email: ksutton@fellowsassociates.com

Alastair Whitehead
Tel: 020 7849 3347
Mob: 07930 566291
Email: awhitehead@fellowsassociates.com

Notes to Editors:

1. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions to the public services and utilities markets. Northgate’s task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings.

2. In the UK, Northgate works with four out of five local authorities, half of all fire brigades and ambulance trusts and every police force. Its systems are used in the management of over 1.5 million local authority and housing association properties; in the administration of more than £17 billion of revenues and benefits; and in electoral administration systems covering over 18 million people. Northgate administers over 5.5 million penalty notices every year and delivers the national system for reporting police performance. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,300 employees.

3. Ian Blackhurst was director of location solutions company, Blue 8, at the time of its acquisition by Northgate in 2003. He had previously been part of the management buy-out of Blue 8 from specialist technology company Ser AG, where he had grown the GIS business from £0.9m to £8.0m in 4 years. Prior to joining Ser in 1999, he was responsible for sales, marketing and business planning for Siemens’ military software, which was subsequently sold to BAE Systems. He began his career with GEC-Marconi in 1983.