The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has appointed Oliver Morley, who has a strong technology background, as its new chief executive.

He will take up the role in November. The current, interim chief executive, Malcolm Dawson, will continue until then.

At present, Morley is chief executive of The National Archives, where he is responsible for delivering services to the public on site at Kew and online to more than 20 million customers. He led a refresh of the organisation’s digital strategy, and launched new online products, such as the 1911 census.

Prior to this role, Morley was responsible for ensuring improvement of global information services to customers at Thomson Reuters.

His leadership will be vital to work currently taking place at the DVLA. A number of common DVLA online transactions are being enabled or revamped by the Government Digital Services (GDS), as ‘exemplar’ digital transformation projects. For example, work is underway to make it possible for people to view driving records, manage vehicles and apply for a new number plate online.