Dr Bowden’s first career was as a scientist investigating the exchange of antibiotic resistance genes between bacteria in the environment. She left research after her postdoctoral time at Newcastle University and joined the UK Government, working initially for the Department of Environment in the development and implementation of regulations on Genetically Modified (GM) Food and GM organisms. She supported the Government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment in drafting the first legislation for regulating Genetically Modified Food in the UK, and worked with EU and overseas colleagues to support the development of global regulations.
Rebecca subsequently left Government to go and work for the Royal Society, the UK’s national science academy, working with science academies from around the world on a number of complex science policy issues including risks associated with GMOs, Stem Cells, Complementary Medicine, Climate Change and Radioactive Waste. She returned to Government in 2001 and worked on issues related to risk analysis and communication across Government, culminating in a number of years working to ensure that counter-terrorism work was supported by world-class science and technology.
In 2008 Rebecca started a new career running a small youth charity that inspires young people about careers in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM), after managing to grow and develop the charity considerably she joined Heathrow Community Fund, a grant-making charity, and now she works to help and support charities and community groups in the boroughs neighbouring Heathrow Airport. She is a Trustee of Engineering Development Trust and Headway Surrey, is an Independent Custody Visitor for the Police & Crime Commissioner of Surrey and is convenor of the UK network for Corporate Foundations. She is also an associate member of ICSA, the governance institute.
Rebecca says ‘I became a Trustee of ANTRUK because I believe that the issue of antibiotic resistance is one of vital importance to the human race as a whole, and one which everyone should try and do something about. I hope that I can bring my experience and skills to give whatever help I can to ANTRUK’s vital mission‘.