The Government Digital Service's (GDS) head of delivery operations, Poss Apostolou, has become the sixth GDS employee to leave the public sector to join small-to-medium enterprise (SME) called dxw, a provider of digital services.
The company, dxw, aims to help clients in the public sector to build agile, digital projects. It hosts a number of public sector WordPress websites, including blog.gov.uk, and it has been developing its own WordPress hosting service dubbed GovPress. The company also reviews security vulnerabilities in WordPress.
Apostolou joins dxw next week as its head of commercial operations, where he'll be responsible for the company's operations, compliance and contract management. He will be part of dxw's senior team, which means that he'll also have a client-facing role in dxw's strategy work.
The SME said that it was a new role, which expands the team to 25 - Apostolou will be the tenth new recruit in 2017.
He will also be the sixth former GDS employee to join the company:
- GDS product manager David Mann left the public sector for dxw to become head of strategy in July 2015;
- Stacey Phillips had been executive assistant to the chief technology officer at GDS until September 2014. She moved on to various roles within the public sector before moving to dxw in January 2016;
- Jess Perriam was a researcher at GDS until May 2015, and after a stint at Pact Coffee moved to dxw in July 2016;
- Dxw's delivery manager, Alex Jackson, had spent years at Directgov and GDS before becoming delivery manager at the Department for Work and Pensions. She's now delivery manager at dxw; and,
- Joshua Marshall was head of accessibility at GDS for more than three years before leaving in 2014. He became front-end architect at dxw in October 2016.
Apostolou isn't the only GDS employee moving on this month. Chief operating officer Alex Holmes announced that he is joining the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as deputy director of cyber security.
He will take up this new position with immediate effect.
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