Government Digital Service stalwart Tony Singleton to take on new role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Director for G-Cloud and the digital commercial programme at the Government Digital Service moving to become deputy director of the BIS digital service.
The driving force behind the government’s G-Cloud framework and Digital Marketplace platform, Tony Singleton, is to take on a new role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Singleton, currently director for G-Cloud and the digital commercial programme at the Government Digital Service (GDS), is to become deputy director of the BIS digital service, “on loan” from the Cabinet Office.
BIS said the move, which will take effect from the beginning of March, was aimed at transferring Singleton’s GDS expertise to the its service development ambitions.
"Tony will lead on recruitment, finances, procurement, commercial and business operations for BIS Digital, using his extensive experience and skills to ensure BIS Digital is able to deliver the group-wide transformation which forms part of the [department's] corporate strategy," it said.
Singleton said on social media that he was “sad to be leaving” his current role but saw “exciting challenge ahead”.
A graduate of the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Leadership Academy, Singleton was chief operating officer for Directgov from 2006 to 2011, before becoming chief operating officer of the Government Digital Service, a post he maintained until March 2014.
Over the past two years, Singleton has been responsible for driving the development of the Digital Marketplace and its G-Cloud framework, which has now racked up a cumulative total of around £1bn in sales.
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