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Tony Singleton leaves G-Cloud for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

After several years leading the charge at G-Cloud, Tony Singleton will join the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Tony Singleton is preparing to leave his role as G-Cloud director and take up a management post at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Singleton is set to join as director of operations at the Digital Directorate at BIS on 1 March 2016. 

Warren Smith, head of strategy and commissioning at the Digital Commercial Programme, will act as Singleton's interim replacement. 

Singleton joined G-Cloud in June 2013 as programme director, when the Government Digital Service (GDS) assumed responsibility for running the framework.

During his tenure, Singleton oversaw the introduction of the Digital Marketplace platform, which was ushered in to replace G-Cloud’s original CloudStore shopfront in 2014.

Singleton became the director for G-Cloud and Digital Commercial Programmes at the GDS.

The number of SMEs winning business through the G-Cloud framework steadily rose on his watch. The public sector now spends close to £1bn on cloud products.

Singleton is held in high esteem in the G-Cloud supplier community, with many praising his accessibility and openness when it comes to dealing with feedback on how the framework is run.

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'Friendly, open, accessible'

Chris Farthing, founder of public sector procurement advisory firm Advice Cloud, said many in the G-Cloud camp will be sorry to see Singleton go.

“He has been one of the most friendly, open, accessible and delivery-focused civil servants we've ever worked with,” Farthing told Computer Weekly.

“He's done an awful lot to improve how government buys digital and cloud, and I’m sure he'll do well in the new role.”

Computer Weekly contacted The Cabinet Office for comment, but had received no response at the time of publication.

Singleton is a the latest in a steady stream of executives to bid farewell to GDS, following the high-profile departure of former head Mike Bracken in mid-2015.  

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