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Our people

Dana and her fellow apprentices

We’re a diverse and customer-focused team, drawn from a range of professions and specialisms. Many of us work as part of the government’s Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) profession. We have around 1200 colleagues, including programme and project managers, digital developers, data analysts, user researchers, content designers, enterprise architects, research specialists. business relationship managers, and more.


Our architecture team assess the issues and challenges facing Defra, before developing the strategic roadmaps, standards and patterns that ensure the effectiveness of our technical designs.


Our data team find innovative and effective ways of collecting, understanding, and using customer information – their data. They’re also responsible for ensuring that all our data is securely managed.


Our agile digital delivery teams take a user-centred design approach to continuously build, test, and support innovative digital technology. We have delivery hubs based in Bristol, York, Warrington, and Reading.


Our security team protect Defra from physical, personnel and cyber threats. They advise all areas of the business on how to reduce security risks, while also providing 24/7 assurance and security controls.

Group Infrastructure and Operations

Our group infrastructure and operations team oversee the end-to-end delivery of all our digital services. They also ensure all our technology sticks to strict government policies and processes.

Business Relationship Management

Our business relationship managers are the strategic link between our delivery teams and business areas across Defra. They work with colleagues in our Arm’s Length Bodies to develop their business plans and identify their need for digital technology and services.

Chief Operating Office (COO)

The COO team provides the overarching strategic direction, capability development and workforce planning for our function. They lead process improvements and ensure we have effective governance procedures in place. The team is also responsible for raising awareness of new technology and supporting its adoption.

Major Projects

This function leads projects that involve significant digital/IT delivery, may be high risk, complex and/or have fixed timeframes for delivery. These will typically be strategically important, technically complex and involve multiple IT/digital platforms/suppliers. The two projects currently in the function are the digital delivery for Europe and Trade Delivery Portfolio and the digital delivery for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme.