Steve Whatson is the Head of User Engagement in the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) , the Home Office based team leading the delivery of the world’s first ‘second generation’ integrated critical communications system – the new Emergency Services Network. The new network is the largest IT transformational project in the Home Office, with a budget of £4.9 billion, and a key programme in the Government Major Projects Portfolio.
Steve joined the Home Office in January 2014 as Deputy Director on the ESMCP in charge of the Technical Solutions area. The Technical Solutions team is responsible for the delivery of the User Services and Mobile Services Lots in the main procurement, a number of related procurements (extended area services, handheld and vehicle devices, air to ground network and devices and control room upgrades) and dependent programmes such as Mobile Infrastructure Programme, Crossrail and London Underground.
Steve joined from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) where he had been since 2008 having been specifically recruited to manage the ICT security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the UK’s largest ever-peacetime mobilisation of police officers, Steve worked at the highest levels within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Government Departments, emergency services and suppliers to deliver what is considered one of the most successful Games in history. Under Steve’s management ICT security was also delivered ahead of schedule and to budget.
After the Games, Steve continued to manage the MPS’ largest ICT projects, amounting to a value of £80 million per year. These included: leading the replacement of the UK’s largest emergency services call handling system, driving the MPS' mobility programme and replacing the MPS' many legacy operational systems with a single solution.
Prior to joining the MPS Steve spent 14 years as a founding Director of a software consultancy, Infomatrix Ltd, based in Cambridge specialising in radio communications and software development both for public and private sector companies whose clients included London Buses (TFL), Selex Communications and Simoco.
Steve has over 20 years experience in IT and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a visiting lecturer at Leeds University Business School.