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Northern appoints former British Library and housing association executive as its new Head of IT

Northern has appointed David Sparling as its new Head of IT.

Sparling, from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, has almost 30 years’ experience in the IT industry.

He began his career as a software developer at First Direct bank before holding a number of senior IT roles at HSBC, managing people and projects across the world. 

More recently, he was Head of IT at The British Library before taking on the role of Chief Technology Officer at Anchor Trust, a specialist housing and care provider for people in later life.

In his new role, Sparling will build on the activity already underway across the train operator’s fleet, station estate, crew bases and office facilities.

He will also develop the IT strategy to ensure it supports the train operator’s business plan.

Commenting on his appointment, Sparling said: “I’ve been interested in the railway most of my life and I’m really excited to join Northern.

“I am looking forward to getting to know how the business works, to see what opportunities technology can bring to support colleagues and customers. 

"I'm also looking forward to getting into the industry and seeing what my experience in leading technology can bring to it".

Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.  

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