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Northgate appoints new head of Elections Solutions

Northgate Information Solutions, a leading provider of innovative technology solutions and services, today confirmed the appointment of Chris Lord as Elections Solutions Manager.

A consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with the public sector, Chris has been extensively involved in the delivery of Northgate’s solutions to its local government customers since joining the company in 1998.

Electoral administration officers are under increasing pressure to respond to changes in the democratic process and to meet the challenges and opportunities of new forms of voting. Northgate’s innovative solutions are designed to manage elections from beginning to end – registering elector information, managing the election itself and producing electoral registers.

Northgate currently administers electoral records for over 18 million registered voters, and Chris will now take the lead in recruiting additional members to the team and further developing the company’s work in meeting the needs of local authorities and their citizens within a modernised voting system.

His appointment follows the recent signing of over 80 contracts for postal vote identification systems by local authorities committed to eliminating fraud in postal voting and to modernising their electoral systems.

Russell Osborne, Managing Director of Land & Property at Northgate Public Services, said today:
“I am delighted to announce Chris’s appointment as Elections Solutions Manager. He has extensive experience in electoral administration and is well-placed to lead on the development of our work in this strategic market. His first priority will be to expand the elections team, and I look forward to working with him as we develop new solutions to meet our clients’ future challenges.”


For more information:
Fellows’ Associates:
Kathy Sutton 020 7849 3403; 07966 890401;
Naomi Stevenson 020 7849 3508; 07966 890403;

Notes to Editors:

1. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative services and 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, the company works with four out of five local authorities and every police force. Northgate supports public service transformation through sustainable performance partnerships. Its technology is used in the administration of more than £12 billion of revenues and benefits; in electoral administration systems covering 18 million people; to support the national system for reporting police performance; and in the management of over three million local authority and housing association properties worldwide. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,200 employees.

3. Chris Lord joined Northgate Information Solutions in 1998. Prior to his appointment as Elections Solutions Manager, he was responsible for the implementation and support of the company’s Land & Property solutions for local government customers. Prior to joining Northgate, Chris worked for 10 years within West Lancashire District Council’s IT Department, where his responsibilities included the implementation of election solutions.