The director of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the G-Cloud and digital commercial programme has left GDS ahead of moving to a new role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Tony Singleton will begin his role as deputy director of operations at BIS on 1 March, and is yet another departure from GDS after former chief Mike Bracken left last year.
This particular move suggests that the government values the work Singleton has done so far on the Digital Marketplace platform, in particular the launch of the G-Cloud procurement framework in 2012, and that it wants his expertise to deliver similar results at BIS.
"Tony will lead on recruitment, finances, procurement, commercial and business operations for BIS Digital, using his extensive experience and skills to ensure that BIS Digital is able to deliver the group-wide transformation that forms part of the [department's] corporate strategy," said a BIS statement.
Singleton has worked at the Cabinet Office since September 1998, and became chief operating officer of GDS in January 2011. Three years later he became director of G-Cloud and digital commercial programme director of GDS.
He was rewarded with an OBE in June 2014 for his services to the provision and improvement of digital public services.
Singleton said on Twitter that he was "sad to be leaving [the Government Digital Marketplace]. It's been a great journey, but [there is an] exciting challenge ahead."
The government released the latest G-Cloud figures earlier this week showing that total sales of IT software and services through the procurement framework reached £959m in December, up by £55m since the previous month.
Sales from the G-Cloud and the Digital Services framework, which make up the government's Digital Marketplace, have now broken the £1bn mark.
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