Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief technology officer James Gardner has left government IT to join software firm Spigit as general manager of international operations.
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Gardner, previously head of innovation at Lloyds TSB (before it became Lloyds Banking Group) had been working for the DWP for nearly two years, where he was responsible for its future design department and all aspects of IT innovation.
In his new role at Spigit, which focuses on the provision of a software as a service (SaaS) platform for enterprise innovation management, Gardner will be accountable for functions including sales and community management, as well as innovation consulting and advanced technical development.
Gardner posted a blog entry about his departure, where he mentioned that his time in public sector technology had been both exciting and challenging.
"The transition from private sector to public was exciting, because DWP operates on a scale that very few other organisations do," he wrote.
"[It was] also challenging, because the level of scrutiny of every decision, the constant pressure from systems and processes, and all the other apparatus of government takes some getting used to," he added.
"I really enjoyed my time in government, but the time has come for me to rejoin the private sector."
Gardner follows several other high-profile IT leaders who have left their posts in recent weeks, including government CIO John Suffolk, British Airways CIO Paul Coby and Aurora Fashions CIO John Bovill.