Photo of Peter Bowyer, director of Maple Design Ltd

A word from Peter Bowyer, our founder

“Hiring consultants is a big deal. Your money and reputation are on the line. I take that seriously.

When I founded Maple I wanted to change how I'd previously worked with clients. Rather than requiring you to jump in with both feet and commit £100k up-front to a project, I designed our offerings as a series of smaller engagements. These control risk (for both of us!), keep the project adaptable, and keep your outcomes front and centre.

You'll see me talk about risk management time and time again. The digital industry relies too much on hope. Knowing what you're getting, why you're getting it, and how & when you're getting it shouldn't be optional.

We promise to tell you if we feel what you're asking for isn't in your best interests, or can be done a more affordable way.

Our core team

Peter Bowyer - founder and director

Peter Bowyer leads digital projects from concept to completion and has worked with 100+ businesses and charities including Vodafone, ING and Lloyds Bank, and on the 2012 Olympic delivery. He’s launched commercially successful startups and is a speaker and presenter on web application performance.

Peter began his career in 2001 putting a U.S. newspaper online. Since his involvement in 2011 with the launch of a fintech startup that went on to raise £6.1 million, he has focused on helping organisations validate ideas & launch digital products.

It’s clichéd, but outside of work you can find him cooking, or walking with his wife in the New Forest and birdwatching.

Outside work he’s retrofitting his terribly built standard British house, and looking forward to eventually having a warm home.

Jenny Bowyer - user research and education advsior

Jenny Bowyer has a background in Heritage and Museum Studies, and a career in education specialising in specific learning difficulties (SpLD). She advises our clients on how to engage and create enthusiasm in school-age children, and to create accessible content for people with specific learning difficulties. Jenny has written engagement guidance for dyslexia and ADHD in charities.

Jenny is also looking forward to a warm house, but wondering if it’ll ever happen.

Other team members

Beyond our core team we use a pool of experienced freelancers, because we want you to have the best people for your project, and not whichever employees aren’t fully occupied. Harsh but true.

Our clients say...

Peter is an outstanding developer... it was a pleasure and very refreshing to work with him.

Pierre-Alain Joye

Our flagship event had grown in size and complexity and our team were struggling to manage all of the attendee data via multiple spreadsheets.

Peter quickly understood our needs, challenged our assumptions, and brought clarity to our thinking. With our new system in place we're able to manage the data with ease, freeing our staff to focus on running a top-quality event.

Ollie Brown

Peter helped us design and implement our progression to becoming a fully digital business, in particular programming successive enhancements to our Symfony systems.
Our revenue has doubled in the past few years in large part thanks to the changes Peter was instrumental in delivering.

Andrew Chevis

Maple Design were professional from first interaction through to completion the project with us. NHS integrations are complex and require a good working knowledge of engineering best practices, combined with an appetite for understanding the domain.

The team at Maple Design provided both elements and as a result of their work, we have a solid foundation for maintaining the various reference databases that are required to provide a safe and stable platform to our customers. Thank you.

Tim Gray
Medicus Health
Medicus Health

Peter acted as a first class analyst, architect, developer and project manager all rolled into one, and kept his good nature and easy manner throughout the strenuous and often stressful process.

Alex Letts
Ffrees Family Finance

I would recommend Peter to do just about anything. I trust him and I've come to the point where I pass ideas by him and I don't bat an eye when he rejects an idea. He is a joy to work with and is as talented as they come.

Jeffrey A. Martin
DNA Services of America

Peter quickly understood what we needed to do to keep our legacy systems running and gave clear advice about minimising any risky developments.

He always explained the technical background clearly and looked for the most cost-effective way forward.

What I found different with Maple was the collaborative nature of the relationship: working together, we could home in on the simplest solution.

Emma Hyman
Institute for Fiscal Studies

Peter is one of the best I have worked with. It’s his pro-active input that I find so valuable. He will challenge decisions and use his experience to eliminate potential pitfalls early-on, enhancing the end result.

Warren Ryland