The top IT manager in an organisation that employs 2,500 IT professionals has quit to run a team of 180.
Duncan Hine, director of technology and information systems at the Post Office, is leaving at the end of March so that he can return to the private sector as managing director of consultancy Scientific Generics.
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The Post Office technology and information systems post is to be covered by director of research Alan Shepherd and will be advertised soon.
In his new job, Hine will use his public and private sector experience to grow the interdisciplinary technology and business consultancy.
"After eight and a half years with the Post Office, I decided I wanted to go back to the private sector. I've enjoyed being part of a big organisation but I've done that now," said Hine.
He added, "There's nothing wrong with the public sector. It's just different."
Hine has been technology and IT director for four and a half years, after performing engineering and marketing management roles at the Post Office. He previously worked in engineering.
Hine said that in his IT role he had attempted to bring the engineering and IT teams closer together in their delivery of services.