Meet the Team

Founder of the Bowdleflodes

I am the founder of the Bowdleflode Project.  As a retired surgeon and passionate about wildlife, I am also a children’s author and a sculptor.   

When I chaired National Open Art, NOA, for 10 years, my mission was to encourage creativity in children from a young age.

Over the last few years, with my team, we have regularly visited schools to tell them about The Bowdleflode Project. Through this art and science project, which is  seen worldwide on the internet, we are encouraging children to take part in a free arts and science project linked to the care of endangered species and the environment.

Encouraging children to draw and write down their own Bowdleflode fantasies, may, at one and the same time, help to save some endangered animals from extinction.

Here is my team……………..

The Illustrator

Award winning artist, Lauren Alderslade, qualified in Brighton with a BA Hons in Fine Art.  Her work examines the experience of wonder that children have, helping grown-ups to see the world with fresh eyes.

She draws from this experience to create wonderful illustrations for the Bowdleflode stories, bringing Neil’s works to life.  Her work plays an integral part in inspiring young artists to create their own creatures and in recognising the importance of art as a means of self-expression.  She makes everyone fall in love with The Bowdleflodes.

Bowdleflodes HQ

Sofia runs the Bowdleflodes HQ where she oversees the day-to-day running of the office, making sure that everything runs smoothly. She also leads our PR & Events, using her background in the Arts to promote our schools programme and runs events to celebrate the work of our young artists.

Sofia came to Bowdleflodes as an experienced art gallery manager with years of curation skills and a BA in Events Management. Sofia also has a dedicated following on social media where she shares her expertise and impeccable taste in interior design.

The Tech Guy

Sebastian is one of the busiest members of our team, developing our website and making sure that every child involved in the Project receives their own individualised webpage to showcase their own Bowdleflode animal.

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.

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. 



Project Advisor

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.