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G-Cloud chief receives OBE in Queen’s birthday honours list

Caroline Baldwin

G-Cloud and digital commercial programme director, Tony Singleton, has received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The G-Cloud chief received the recognition for services to the provision and improvement of digital public services.

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Singleton heads up the G-Cloud programme that now has a team of 25 people and fixed budget of £3.9m. He replaced G-Cloud director Denise McDonagh in June last year after the initiative moved over to the Government Digital Service (GDS).

Last month, the government cloud initiative was flagged as “at risk” by the Major Projects Authority (MPA), due to being under-resourced. But Computer Weekly today revealed that the Cabinet Office has removed the warning.

Singleton said one of the concerns the MPA raised last year was a lack of a proper budget for the programme, “and that is one of the things that we have corrected”.

Singleton said the resources include provisions for building the Digital Marketplace catalogue, which will replace the CloudStore: “This will ensure that the entire programme is properly supported and on a firm financial footing.

“When the G-Cloud first came in, I did not want it to be just another IT framework. It has to be part of a bigger transformation programme,” he said.

Other technology honours

The deputy director of the Cabinet Office Peter Lawrence also received an OBE for services to Transparency.

Belinda Parmar, CEO of Lady Geek, was also recognised on the list and awarded an OBE for services to women in technology.

Parmar took to Twitter this morning to say: “Thank you so much for all your OBE congratulations. This award is for all of you who tirelessly work to get more women in tech.”

Other significant recognitions for technology included Alastair Lukies of Monitise CEO, for services to mobile banking, and charity and former Raspberry Pi developer, David Braben, for his services to the UK computer and video games industry.


IT, technology and digital related honours

Dr Robert Samuel Andrews. Commercial Director, EW Simulation Technology Ltd. For services to the Defence Industry.

David John Braben, FREng. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Development plc. For services to  the UK Computer and Video Games Industry.

Michael Demster Brook. Senior Officer, Digital Education Service Designer, London, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Tax Work.

Ms Jaya Chakrabarti Gallemore. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nameless. For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol.

Dr Paul Martin Hawkins. Managing Director and Chairman, Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd. For services to Technology and Sport.

Robert Gerard Hornby. Project Director, Openreach Next Generation Access, BT. For services to Broadband Access in Rural Communities.

Alan George Jowett. Field Co-ordinator, Next Generation Access Fibre Broadband Programme, BT. For services to Broadband service in Scotland and North East England.

Peter John Lawrence. Deputy Director, Cabinet Office. For services to Transparency.

Alastair David Lukies. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monitise. For services to Mobile Banking and charity.

Christopher David Moore. Officer, Digital Service, Newcastle upon Tyne, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Taxpayers and Disability Groups.

Ms Belinda Parmar. Chief Executive Officer, Lady Geek. For services to Women in Technology.

Anthony John Singleton. Chief Operating Officer, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office. For services to the Provision and Improvement  of Digital Public Services.

Mark Paul Taylor. Next Generation Access Project Co-ordinator in North West England, BT. For services to Broadband service in North West England.

David Jeffrey Thomas  TD. Senior Legal Business Advisor, Common Platform Programme, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order, particularly Digital Transformation.

Professor Dominic Tildesley. Chair, E-infrastructure Leadership Council. For services to Science, Technology and Business.

David John Way. Director, Knowledge Exchange and Special Projects, Technology Strategy Board. For services to Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.

 


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