David Bowers

Statistics Consultancy and Training

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The collection, analysis and interpretation of data is increasingly important in research and decision-making. Yet many academics, researchers and managers still lack confidence in statistical techniques, and research teams do not always have in-house access to a specialist statistician.  
I offer discrete, responsive, professional, tailored support to companies, organisations and individuals who feel they need expert advice:

  • Statistical consultancy. As part of your research team, with you every step of the way from bid writing, data collection, statistical analysis and write-up for publication.

  • Training. Effective in-house training, based on tried and tested approaches but tailored to your company's specific needs.

  • Coaching.  Totally confidential, relaxed, target-orientated support to individual professionals who have identified the need to step up their confidence in statistics and quantitative methods.
If this sounds like what you might need, please browse this website to find out more. And then get in touch for a chat to see how we can take things forward together. 
After a 30 year career lecturing mathematics and statistics - most recently as Head of Learning Development at a university in the east of England - I set up as an independent freelance consultant in 2014.

When working full-time in higher education, my main focus was supporting staff and students across the university with statistical methods for their research projects, in a range of subject areas that included Radiography, Nursing, Health Studies, Bioscience, Psychology, Sociology and Business. This breadth of experience has given me insight into the needs and interests of a range of clients today. I think I can speak your language!

I am a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. For eight years I was elected Chair of the UK sigma Network for Excellence in cross-university Mathematics and Statistics Support. I hold an honorary senior lectureship at the University of Essex, and am Visiting Fellow in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Suffolk. This breadth of professional recognition and experience contributes to the continual development of my consultancy and training portfolio.

Examples of consultancy projects
  • Statistical consultancy and data analysis for the New International CTEPH Registry (International CTEPH Association, Basel, Switzerland, 2017-present)
  • Statistical consultancy and data analysis for the TOPP-2 Registry (Association for Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension, Basel, Switzerland, 2018- present)
  • Validating and piloting a prioritisation tool for pediatric physiotherapy (Provide Healthcare, Essex, UK, 2017-18)
  • Evaluating the impact of human factors training (Ipswich Hospital, Suffolk, UK, 2016-17)
Recent training courses and mentoring
  • Bespoke statistical training courses for medical writers (nspm ltd, Meggen, Switzerland, 2017- 2023)
  • Mentor to the EEA project "Capacity Building in Mathematics and Statistics Learning Support in Norway and the Czech Republic" (2021-2023) 
  • Training for new tutors and managers of mathematics and statistics support centres at six universities in the Czech Republic (Brno, 2017; Ostrava, 2019-2022)
Some peer-reviewed publications
  • Wacker, J., Humpl, T., Berger, R.M.F, Ivy, D., Bowers, D., Bonnet, D. and Beghetti, M. (2024) 'Application of a modified clinical classification for pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease in children: emphasis on atrial septal defects and transposition of the great arteries'. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, DOI: 10.3389/fcvm.2024.1344014
  • Ploegstra, M-J., Ivy, D.D., Beghetti, M., Bonnet, D., Alehan, D., Ablonczy, L., Mattos, S., Bowers, D., Humpl, T. and Berger, R.M.F (2023) 'Long-term outcome of children with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension: results from the global TOPP registry'. European Heart Journal, DOI: 10.1093/ehjqcco/qcad020
  • Vadhwana, B., Currow, C., Bowers, D. and Groot-Wassink, T. (2021) 'Impact on quality of life after parathyroidectomy for asymptomatic primary hyperparathyroidism'. Journal of Surgical Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2020.12.023
  • Parthasarathy, M., Bowers, D. and Groot-Wassink, T. (2017) ‘Do pre-operative oral antibiotics increase Clostridium difficile infection rates? An analysis of 13,959 colectomy patients’. Colorectal Disease, DOI: 10.1111/codi.13926
  • Parthasarathy, M., Greensmith, M., Bowers, D. and Groot-Wassink, T. (2016) ‘Risk factors for anastomotic leakage after colorectal resection: a retrospective analysis of 17,518 patients’, Colorectal Disease, DOI: 10.1111/codi.13476
  • Smith, S.L., Bowers, D., Jennings, P. and Soomal, R. (2016) ‘Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation in a district general hospital: is it a safe and effective treatment?’, Clinical Radiology 71(9), DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2016.03.021
Client feedback
"David was brilliant, and I think everyone benefited from his help"
"This work has made a real, practical contribution . . your involvement was critical and I am very grateful for your ongoing input."
"The content and delivery style was highly suitable for the session, the students and their needs."
"I specifically like the way David helps with queries by breaking it down into an easier way to understand."
"It was all just totally professional and absolutely pitched at the right level."
"D Bowers was more than excellent, my basic understanding about statistics really improved."
"Excellent delivery of content at a comfortable speed for the participants."
"Want to have more of David Bowers in future meetings!"


I can offer advice and support to small research groups or large organisations. Clients recognise the importance of having a statistician on the team, so that the quantitative aspects of the research project can be dealt with expertly and impartially.

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More and more companies and organisations are actively involved with data collection and statistical analysis. It is important this is done right - and with confidence. Upskilling your staff is key.

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Discrete and confidential coaching can give people the opportunity to identify ways of improving their understanding and applying their knowledge with confidence. I have many years successful experience (as a university Head of Learning Development) of working one-to-one with students and staff to help them achieve their goals relating to mathematical and statistical skills.

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My fees are calculated on the basis of  £120 per hour, or £700 per day. (Valid to 31st December 2024).

In practice, for consultancy and training, clients usually prefer that I discuss their needs and quote for a complete package, rather than bill by the hour.

I am always willing to consider giving favourable rates to charities and other non-profit community groups.

The initial discussion of your needs, and how we might work together, will always be free of charge.


Please make initial contact by email, briefly outlining your requirements, to the email address below.

Please do NOT attach any files to your initial email, or include any web links.

I will respond by email as soon as possible. If I believe I am able to help, I will ask you to suggest a time for a phone chat or a meeting.

Initial phone chats or initial meeting will always be free of charge. I am based in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, and am happy to travel a reasonable distance to meet you if we agree this as a way forward.

I look forward to hearing from you!