Gareth Bowden

Bringing both academic and commercial research experience to FlexMR, Gareth strategically manages our operational team of research experts, insight managers and support agents.

Gareth joined FlexMR after over six years with The Richardson Institute - the oldest peace and conflict research centre in the UK. He brings significant experience with conflict resolution, civil resistance, community engagement and poverty reduction research to the team. Today, he draws on that experience to expertly match team members with research projects as Head of Development and Research for FlexMR.

A strategic thinker

Gareth is highly analytical, well co-ordinated and seeks to bring out the best in our research teams. He expertly matches team members with research projects and seeks operational success.

An experienced researcher who brings an academic and practical perspective to FlexMR, Gareth has worked on tough challenges facing governments, NGOs and public institutions. Through this, he has developed an analytical mind and keen understanding of how to achieve the best outcomes. As manager of our operational teams, Gareth seeks to bring new opportunties for professional development, help staff build new skills and drive operational excellence across all projects.

Skills and specialisms

Gareth is a talented researcher, manager and teacher. Through his time as an Associate Lecturer for Lancaster University, he has developed a diverse set of skills that enable him to break down complex problems and present information in a simple, engaging manner. He has an in-depth knowledge of political science, international project co-ordination, qualitative analysis and more.


Gareth takes large problems and breaks them down into simple, achievable goals that encourage success.


As a lecturer, Gareth developed robust teaching skills - enabling him to explain complex challenges in a simple manner.


Gareth leads by example, encouraging our teams to develop new skills and exceed client expectations.


Armed with significant experience of political science, Gareth understands how to influence better decisions.

FlexMR in a nutshell

We don’t believe in maintaining the status quo. We thrive on making insight more relevant, more accessible and more impactful, while overcoming the core challenges that modern research, product and marketing teams face.

Empower better decisions

We have developed a game-changing insights empowerment framework that addresses the three major pressures placed on modern insight teams. We use the framework to construct bespoke partnership programmes - delivering measurable business value through agile research technology and a flexible approach to supporting services. Is your brand ready to take the first step towards insights empowerment? Find out what we can do for you on the pages below, or get in touch today.

Meet the team

We're united in the pursuit of insights empowerment. By drawing on diverse backgrounds and a wealth of experience, our teams come together to create an unstoppable force.

InsightHub platform

The InsightHub platform powers exceptional online research. Conduct surveys, focus groups, diaries and creative qual all from within a single, integrated space.

Expert services

Our services span a full and diverse spectrum. We offer everything from dedicated platform support and research education to in-depth consulting, project implementation and insight delivery.

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