Methods awarded framework contract to operate as the Project Delivery Partner for Defra

By Methods19 July 2021

Methods is delighted to have been awarded a framework contract to operate as the Project Delivery Partner for Defra for a maximum of 5 years from 1st July 2021. We impressed the evaluation panel with our understanding of the ways in which they operate, and our keen grasp of the obstacles and barriers the organisation faces.

The new framework provides Defra with a flexible capability to access high quality, strategic design and delivery services to help achieve successful project and programme outcomes. Knowledge transfer will be a measurable part of all services to build Defra’s own sustainable project delivery capability.

Methods will provide this delivery service across the whole Defra family, specifically focusing on the following areas:

  • end to end delivery of project outcomes to enable the success of Defra’s investment and change portfolio
  • tailored work packages covering 16 different capabilities spanning the programme and project management profession
  • allocation and management of the required specialist PPM skills to time and quality against work packages
  • monitoring and assurance of performance and quality of work against deliverables
  • achieving this by applying tailored approaches, tools and methods whilst building internal capability through structured knowledge transfer.

This contract also provides Defra with direct access to Methods partners ADAS, and Anthesis, who have leading UK domain expertise in converting Defra policy into action, and measuring environmental impact as well as working alongside KPMG, Deloitte, McKinsey & Co and PA Consulting.

Methods has committed to creating a Social Value Fund as a proportion of the revenue from this contract, to be spent on social value and environmental projects of Defra’s choice.

This contract award has been a real team effort, with multiple delivery and service teams across Methods collaborating towards creating real business benefit for Defra. Peter Rowlins, Chief Executive of Methods says:


Methods is delighted to have been selected to work with Defra and its family over the next five years. We have had a long association with many parts of Defra over the last 25 years, as well as many of Methods’ colleagues having a very keen interest and advocacy in environmental issues.

Methods has a track-record in supporting public sector organisations deliver large and complex programmes. Our mix of project, business, and technical skills will assist Defra in successful delivery and also, most importantly, build its own in-house capabilities.

We are also looking forward to working closely with our expert colleagues from ADAS and Anthesis, who will provide specialist support in many topics including agriculture, wildlife, food supply, and climate change.


Methods will be supporting Defra’s projects across multi UK-wide locations.