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Former G-Cloud programme director Tony Singleton joins Advice Cloud

David Bicknell Published 03 August 2017

Singleton plans to work with SMEs to help them make the most of public sector opportunities


Former G-Cloud programme director Tony Singleton has joined public sector procurement consultancy Advice Cloud as a strategic advisor.

Singleton plans to use his new role at Advice Cloud to work with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them make the most of public sector opportunities.

He said, “I strongly believe that the UK public sector has a lot to gain from using new and innovative suppliers that it has not had the opportunity of working with before. SMEs bring fresh, new ways of solving problems and delivering products that help ensure services meet the needs of users.

“One of my achievements in setting up the Digital Marketplace was to reduce barriers for entry and open up the UK public sector market, giving over 2,500 suppliers the opportunity to work with the public sector for the first time. 88% of these were small and medium size businesses.”

When he left the Civil Service in May after 35 years, Singleton said that although there has been a very real revolution in the way government works and public services are delivered, the rate of change lacks the pace and dynamics that are needed today. In his role at Advice Cloud he has indicated intends to continue to be part of that change.

Singleton is a graduate of the Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy and was chief operating officer for Directgov from 2006 to 2011, before becoming chief operating officer of the Government Digital Service. From March 2014 he was the G-Cloud and digital commercial programme director, a post he maintained until March 2016. He was then chief operating officer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy until becoming the IFA Set-up programme director at the Department for Education.

Chris Farthing, managing director at Advice Cloud said, “I am incredibly excited and humbled to have a person of Tony’s calibre join the team. He will bring an unrivalled wealth of experience and knowledge to us here as well as assisting us and our ambitious SME clients deliver better public services.”

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