Ms Rachel Bowditch
A native Melburnian, Ms Rachel Bowditch studied a Bachelor of Arts (European Studies) at Monash University, graduating with Honours in 1996. During her time at Monash, she was President of the Monash Association of Debaters and represented Monash at numerous World and Australasian debating tournaments. Her German studies took her to Berlin in 1995 during the fascinating post-reunification period.
Further study, a Master of International Business at Swinburne University, led Ms Bowditch to another stint in Germany in 1998 – the start of an overseas adventure which sees her now living in London.
Ms Bowditch is consultant working across the corporate and creative sectors. She initially chose roles that indulged her love of travel and cultures – working on pan-European programmes for the likes of Oracle and Deloitte. Her reputation for making complex problems seem simple has resulted in many fascinating roles, from restructuring British Telecom to launching the London Metal Exchange’s clearing house.
It was this love of problem solving and frustration with the women’s shoe industry that led Ms Bowditch to launch Alice Bow insoles – a range of luxury Italian leather insoles made in London. The brand literally went global overnight in 2015 when international press reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was a fan. Now with customers in over seventy countries, the brand provides a platform to educate women and teenagers about foot health in a stylish manner.
Ms Bowditch is an advisor to the United Kingdom government on Brexit strategy for entrepreneurial businesses. She regularly mentors start-ups on behalf of Facebook and various United Kingdom-based entrepreneurial organisations. Her pragmatic approach and cheerleading has resulted in numerous multi-million launches and increased long-term sustainability for many businesses.
In February this year, Ms Bowditch gave birth to her first child the day after she hosted Monash students from the Global Discovery Program at her London studio.