Meet the Team
Founder and Author
Neil Lawson Baker is the author of the Bowdleflode stories. Neil is a retired surgeon and an artist, particularly interested in sculpture… please see his website.
Now devoting time as a children’s author, Neil is aiming to continue the work he was doing during his 10 years as chairman of National Open Art where he pioneered a UK-wide Children’s Open Art Competition to encourage creativity in children from a young age.
Neil, as the author of the Bowdleflode stories, regularly visits schools to read the stories and to encourage the children to think about endangered species and the environment.
With a worldwide programme of encouraging children to draw and invent their own fantasies and stories, these activities will further creativity in education programmes and, hopefully, at one and the same time, help to save endangered animals from extinction.
Lauren qualified in Brighton with a BA Hons in Fine Art and is the very talented illustrator of The Bowdleflode Stories.
She has developed the characters in The Bowdleflode Stories and even turned some of them into wonderful colourful sculptures. She makes everyone fall in love with The Bowdleflodes.
Sofia runs the Bowdleflodes HQ and is known to us all affectionately as ‘Sofibowdle’. She manages, designs, organises, dots the i’s and crosses the t’s and is the perfect PA. Ask her absolutely anything and you’ll be amazed how quickly you get the answer!
Sofia came to Bowdleflodes as an experienced art gallery manager with years of curation skills and on a personal basis, she has a huge following on social media where she expresses her expertise and impeccable taste in interior design.
Head of Learning
Michael has a degree in film and is also a qualified teacher of ethics, philosophy and comparative religion, having worked very successfully with children up to ‘A’ level..
He is also passionate about wildlife and is driving the development of the Bowdleflodes ongoing offering to schools and home educators, to provide a wide ranging series of fun and informative cross curricula lessons relating to conservation and endangered species.
The Tech Guy
Sebastian is perhaps the busiest Bowdleperson right now. All of us inundate him with constant changes to the development of the website and at the same time he enters all the new animal drawings and descriptions, sent in from children across the entire UK.
He designed and set up Classic FM’s first computer network – the first classical radio station in the world to use digital audio, and was head hunted to run a specialist radio software house as a result.
He now helps run a hosting company and has recently designed a system for automatically detecting lameness in dairy cattle using new technology.
He’s passionate about the Bowdleflodes and particularly their relationship with children’s art and Endangered Species.
Social Media Marketing Consultant
Cloe Barrett is our ‘Professor Digital’ marketing expert. Living and working in Brighton and surrounded by creative people, she grew up surrounded by music and graphic design. Her expertise and skills in reaching the media bring the Bowdleflode Project to the notice of thousands she has been responsible for our Partnership with Arts Council England’s ARTSMARK programme which reaches over 4,700 schools and is the only UK CREATIVE QUALITY STANDARD FOR SCHOOLS.
She can be reached through our office or through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, where she is building a huge collection of children’s fantasy animals @BowdleflodeSafari.
Her brilliant ideas, together with her digital marketing and social media skills, play an ongoing major role in the wide-ranging success of the Bowdleflodes.
Blogging, Media & TV
Hannah is a graduate from Exeter University who is following her long-standing passion of working in Television. Her current role at Good Morning Britain means that she is no stranger to early mornings!
With an ambition to become a children’s presenter, she is regularly taking part in the activities of The Bowdleflode Project and has produced some wonderful vlogs on her HanOnCamera YouTube channel.
Grace is no stranger to business, having initiated the launch of REGUS many years ago. She is also a experienced Speech and Language therapist, as well as a psychotherapist, specialising in PTSD and mental health trauma, working with horses.
Passionately interested in what we are doing, she is undertaking the voluntary role of a ‘Helicopter Vision’ adviser to help provide clear vision and steer the future development of exactly what The Bowdleflode Project can offer to primary school education worldwide.