Guardian executive Mike Bracken has been appointed as the executive director of digital by the UK Cabinet Office.
Bracken, who is the director of digital development at the Guardian, will start his new job at the Cabinet Office from July 5. He will be responsible for bringing public services online and improving the government’s online activities.
The appointment comes after UK’s digital champion Martha Lane Fox advised the government on its Directgov portal. Bracken’s role will involve being the chief executive of Directgov portal and handling the digital engagement and transparency department for the portal.
Bracken will report directly to the government’s chief operating officer Ian Watmore and will have more than 100 people working under him, The Guardian revealed.
"This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. All the internal and external factors are pointing towards a revolution in digital public service delivery, and to be offered this opportunity was an honour," Bracken said in a statement.
"While there is a great deal to do, I am convinced that if we attract new digital skills, adopt user-first principles and work collaboratively within government and with a wider, more agile supplier base, then we can improve how citizens interact with government." he added.
His appointment comes as the government announced its plans for bringing all its services to a single government website.