Richard Earland, CIO at the National Policing Improvement Agency, has won the British Computer Society’s IT Leader of the Year award.

He was presented the award at the BCS IT Industry Awards ceremony, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Public and private sector IT professionals attended the industry body’s flagship annual awards ceremony to see their peers recognised for their IT achievements.

Earland, who is the first national CIO for policing, won the accolade because of his "outstanding work" bringing cutting edge technology to the police service. BCS described Earland as "a leader in transformational change". The NPIA provides expertise to local forces in the areas of IT, information and intelligence sharing, core police processes, managing change and recruiting, and developing and deploying staff.

Earland worked on the rollout and completion of Airwave, the first national police radio system. He has also played a key role supporting forces in their delivery of computers to police officers.

“I am passionate about policing and the huge difference technology can make to front line policing and the public,” Earland said. “Improving the ability of the police service to manage and share information helps prevent and detect crime and make communities safer.”

Claire Adams at Connecting for Health, the NHS agency running the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT, collected the Service Manager of the Year 2008 award for her work to ensure the availability of IT training for all NHS clinical staff.

Adams said she was "absolutely delighted" to receive the award. "I see it as an acknowledgement of the strong relationships we have built with our colleagues in Strategic Health Authorities and the wider NHS, which has allowed us to develop and deliver a programme that is exactly tailored to the requirements of our stakeholders. I believe the collaborative and co-operative relationship built up over the years with these groups has contributed towards me being nominated and receiving the award and I was extremely pleased that the judges commented on how they felt I had made a real difference to the NHS."

IT consultants Fivium and distribution specialists gm2 Logistics won the BP Environment and Green Organisation of the Year awards respectively, after demonstrating “significant” reductions in emissions.

IT security vendor Garlik won the the BT Flagship Award for Innovation for its DataPatrol technology, which the BCS said was the “first semantic technology platform that aims to give consumers power over their privacy and identity online”.

The mobile technology award went to the CSC emergency care solution for NHS Ambulance Services, called Siren ePCR, a patient care reporting system that enables paramedics to use tablets to access a summary of the patient's notes.

An application from Concentra called C-PORT (Chemotherapy Planning Oncology Resource Tool), was a double winner taking the awards for social contribution and business to business.

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