Peter Rowlins

Peter Rowlins is Group Chief Executive of the Methods Group of Companies. He has worked for Methods since 1992 and has led the development of the Company and subsequently the Group for the last fifteen years. Peter’s experience includes leading high profile innovative programmes with various clients including introducing Agile to British Airways, HM Customs & Excise and various parts of the NHS. Peter came up with the concept for NHS Jobs which was the first national ‘open’ web platform for public sector services in the UK, and has saved the NHS over £1Billion.

He is a firm believer that public services can be improved by innovation and competition, and that new digital techniques have a major role to play in transforming how services are delivered. Peter was a co-author of the ‘Better for Less’ paper that has set the agenda for recent Government ICT Strategy. Prior to working for Methods Peter served as an Officer in the Royal Navy.

Mark Thompson

Mark has 24 years’ experience in public sector ICT. He is Strategy Director at Methods Group, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Cambridge Judge Business School, Visiting Professor at Surrey Business School, Board Member of Digital Leaders, and panel member of CBI C21 Public Services Group.

Other roles have included IT Futures Advisor to the Cabinet Office, and Board Member of Intellect/Tech UK. He has published in, and reviews for, several top-tier IS and organisation journals. Mark is acknowledged as one of the architects of government’s shift towards Open Standards and supporting architectures, and is a well-known contributor to columns and/or chair of panels and conferences on digitally-enabled public services. His co-authored book, Digitizing Government, appeared in December 2014.

Methods Advisory

We are living in the “digital age”. As citizens, consumers, industry and government, our expectations are being challenged and changed almost daily through advances in information and technology.

The public, through social media and the “app” culture, already embrace this. The private sector is forging ahead, both matching external consumer demand and achieving internal ‘step change’ improvements in process, people, performance and profits through commoditising processes and leveraging technology.

This is the new “norm”; and public services need to match this pace. This is what Methods Advisory does.

Methods Advisory’s approach to radically improving public services has four core principles:

  • Making a Difference
  • Pragmatic Innovation
  • Sustainable Embedded Change
  • “Open” Digital Thinking

Andrew Hartshorn

Andrew is Managing Director of Methods Advisory. His management career started in 1986 in the NHS, and he has also worked for the Department of Health. Andrew has worked as a Partner level management consultant for over 20 years and now leads Methods Advisory, providing business and IT change consultancy working across all public services organisations.

Andrew has been Chair of the techUK Health & Social Care Council for the last three years, following three years as a Vice Chair. He is responsible for representing the views of over 300 supplier organisations with regards to data, information and technology solutions and services within the health and care sectors.

In July 2015, Andrew was voted to the main Board of techUK.

Methods Analytics

Methods Analytics comprises a highly qualified and experienced group of clinical information specialists focussing on the provision of strategic and operational intelligence concerning the quality and safety of care.

We are able to analyse the quality of healthcare services, make comparisons, assess change over time and provide credible insight in the local context. We use the latest research methods, a wide range of information sources, and tools to ensure that our information is robust and evidence based. We work closely with healthcare professionals and the public to understand the type of intelligence they need from us.

We deliver actionable knowledge on population provision and healthcare provider clinical activity and outcomes, to the public, commissioners, providers, and policy makers so that they can base their decisions on comparable, transparent intelligence.

We provide a range of our analysis free to everyone. We also provide specifically commissioned bespoke analysis and services as well as specialised information products that will be available on a subscription basis.

Dr Simon Swift

Simon is Managing Director of Methods Analytics. He worked as a trainee surgeon in the NHS for 8 years before retraining in Health Economics and Health Policy. He has focused on the use of information in healthcare to improve the quality and value of outcomes for the last eight years.

Simon created the East Midlands Quality Observatory and moved the team to Methods Analytics. Simon leads the business, and supports tool development and consulting projects with a thorough understanding of the NHS data and information landscape and clinical practice with an approach that is driven by developing meaningful intelligence to enable understanding, debate and change.

Methods Digital

There are times in history when innovative technology unleashes radical thinking and disruptive change. It generates new business models that re-write the rules and challenge our preconceptions across strategy, people, process and technology. The emergence of cloud, digital and internet business models mean that “now” is one of those moments.

We work with clients to negotiate and exploit this revolution. This is no longer about “the business” or about “the technology” – it has to be about both. From internet-based business model strategy to agile development projects, we work with organisations to unlock their digital potential. We help you to envisage and adopt a strategic approach to modern technology platforms, transforming the way you operate, to make you faster, more flexible, more collaborative and most importantly of all – more customer focused.

Combining enthusiasm and passion with talent, experience and hands on tech skills – we are Methods Digital.

James Herbert

James is Managing Director of Methods Digital. James is a leading technology strategist with a track record of delivering innovative but pragmatic approaches to the enterprise, working with a range of organisations’ Boards to change the way their organisations’ work – leading the positive disruption process.

Most of James’ career has been spent in operational roles running customer services, shared service centres and other operational functions. In 2009, frustrated with the limitations of traditional technologies in terms of customer and user experience, particularly in the public sector, James co-authored the first version of the Government Cloud programme for the Cabinet Office and built the Apps Store for Government.

He then operated as a CIO, delivering the first major Salesforce and Office 365 implementations in the UK Public Sector and has subsequently advised organisations from hedge funds, international publishing & media businesses and global US companies on their technology and business strategies as a partner level consultant.

Sacha Rook

Sacha is Technology Director of Methods Digital. He is a highly experienced technologist, with expertise in exploiting web services, digital channels and virtual/cloud technology to realise business & service goals. He has helped to reshape the digital services landscape in a combination of public and private sector verticals. Sacha brings a fresh approach to exploiting enterprise architecture techniques and methodologies, using agile techniques and innovative methods for exploiting the disruptive power of Cloud/Platform computing resources.

Sacha has been involved in developing programmes, projects and architecture designs, implementing and deploying strategic architectures in the most effective manner within a range of enterprise domains. Recently he has been heavily involved in the development of cloud/platform based business models for a global media firm, a Central Government department and a number of Local Authorities.

Methods Professional Services

Methods Professional Services focusses on providing you with the right people to deliver your business objectives. Since our establishment in 1990, we have developed a highly successful approach based on building trusted relationships with our clients and associates.

We have specialist sector-focussed Practices who work within the Public Sector, Healthcare and Digital markets. Each of our specialist Practices provide staff on an Interim and Work Package basis, enabling clients to supplement their existing staff with specialist skills or to engage bespoke teams to deliver business critical projects.

We are market leaders in the Public Sector and have extensive experience providing Projects & Programmes and resourcing through pan-Government enabling frameworks. We are one of a handful of organisations who have consistently secured places on the Crown Commercial Services enabling frameworks over the last 15 years and we work through a broad range of direct client preferred supplier lists across our core market sectors.

Zoe Lewis

Zoe is Managing Director of Methods Professional Services. She has worked almost exclusively with Public Sector clients throughout the UK.

Zoe focuses on client management, business development and resource management for public sector clients. She also acts as overall lead a number of key service for our clients.

As leader of the Professional Services Team she is building a world class project and service management capability, for a number of clients large and small, including those with some of the most complex and demanding security requirements.

Zoe has also served as a Special Constable and is heavily involved in the community, and works as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust in addition to undertaking a range of charity fundraising events each year.

Ann Gaskell

Ann is a Director of Methods Professional Services, and runs the Projects and Services practice. She has over 20 years’ experience in the ITC industry delivering services to public and private sector through technically diverse projects, transition and transformation programmes.

Ann’s focus is successful delivery of sustainable, affordable projects, solutions and services for our customers. She has a track record in turning around underperforming services and delivering value to the stakeholders. She is passionate about great customer service and is known for creating high performance teams, where personal ownership and responsibility contribute to the delivery of excellence and success.


Core Azure

CoreAzure is a leading Microsoft UK Partner providing leading edge technical consulting, design, build and support services to help customers maximise their investment in Microsoft technologies.

We specialise in Microsoft Azure (Microsoft’s cloud platform) and pride ourselves on being experts in our chosen field. Working closely with Microsoft, we ensure that our customers receive the highest levels of expertise in order to deliver solutions that accelerate business productivity.

Mark Briggs

Mark is Managing Director of CoreAzure. He is senior Information Technology executive with a wealth of experience working for some of the largest technology organisations in the world including IBM, Andersen Consulting and Microsoft.

CoreAzure is a leading Microsoft partner specialising in Microsoft cloud technologies, and has a key capability in being able to deliver complex solutions very rapidly with expert teams. Prior to leading CoreAzure, Mark advised clients on major IT change as a consultant for Methods, and was responsible for advising and delivering IT strategy, operating models, and technology transformations.

In addition to working for a range of private sector clients, Mark also has extensive Public Sector experience having fulfilled senior interim roles in central government as well as holding the position of CIO for one of the largest local authorities in the country.

Mark has a passion for technology, and is well known in the industry for his technical knowledge particularly in respect of the Microsoft technology stack.

Methods’ Strategic Advisory Panel

The Methods’ Group of Companies has grown to be one of the largest independent technology businesses in the UK, with the aim of reaching a combined £100M turnover in the coming years. Innovation and leading the agenda on new ways of working with new disruptive tools, capabilities and services are at the core of what we do. We have a dynamic and motivated team of directors across the Group, but also need the expertise and experience of other experts who can help us chart our way forward. We therefore have a panel of wise men and women with extensive commercial experience to help us think and plan through these interesting times.

Peter Hiscocks

Peter is Chair of the Methods’ Strategic Advisory Panel. Peter built the entrepreneurship resources within the University of Cambridge, from the original Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre to Cambridge Enterprise and achieved a considerable increase in the level of commercialisation. He is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the Judge Business School and is managing several research projects on the success factors for new hi tech business ventures.

His is a scientist who worked in business; initially large companies, then consultancy and finally starting his own companies. Peter worked in consulting for 15 years and was one of the founding members of two consulting businesses that grew to have several hundred professional staff. Overall he has founded nine companies; is Chairman of two growth companies and is on the Board of three others: he has achieved the successful sale of five companies. He is the co-founder of a £30 million seed-fund in the North East of England and is on the advisory board of a VC firm.

Dr Sally Howes OBE

Sally Howes is currently a consultant in digital transformation and cyber security, working with a range of public and private sector organisations. She is a visiting professor and lay member of Council at Surrey University. Previously she was a member of the executive Leadership Team and Board at the UK National Audit Office with particular responsibility for Digital and Innovation.

Prior to this, Sally worked for two years in the Ministry of Defence as Director of Commercial Services. During her career she has also been the Director General of the National Trade Association of British Aerospace Companies and responsible for the Farnborough Airshow. She founded and developed a technology consultancy business which undertook a mix of policy, strategy and technology development projects for international clients in the space and communications sectors. She was awarded an OBE for services to the space industry in 2002. She has a first class honours degree in geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in operational hydrological modelling for the US Army, Corps of Engineers.

Kenneth Ibbett

Kenneth has over twenty years’ senior experience as a Managing or Main Board Director of over 20 public and private equity-backed UK and international companies in publishing and media, technology, logistics, manufacturing and financial services.

A strong personal advocate of corporate governance and social responsibility, Kenneth has done pro bono work for over 10 years. Since retiring as a general partner five years ago, he has worked as an investment mentor and adviser to African impact investors like Jacana and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s African Agricultural Capital Fund sitting on the boards of their investments.

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