He has written extensively on the importance of infrastructure owners, operators and policymakers to better engage their customers and collaborate with the communities they serve. Bowditch says this is the key to getting the right infrastructures to the right people at the right time. He challenges industry and political arrogance that they know best over customers and community.
Bowditch always champions the power of people collaboration and rejects institutional arrangements that lead to silo mindsets and opaque management. He has seen the best and worst of government and business working together and the enormous scope for improvement.
He brings an unusually diverse perspective as a Federal Treasury and Foreign Affairs and Trade official, and infrastructure thought leader, deal maker and academic researcher. He provides his readers with an insider’s view of the challenges and future of infrastructure and the vital role of private citizens in shaping it.
Challenging all stakeholders to be more accountable and transparent about how institutional settings and decisions lead to long term improvement in society and planetary wellness has been Bowditch’s refrain throughout his career.
Bowditch was the foundation Executive Director, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, the nation’s peak body, the Inaugural Chief Executive SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong and Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney, and Senior Academic Fellow at Cornell University.
As a trusted adviser to Prime Ministers, Treasurers, multilateral institutions, bankers, billionaires and project consortia, Bowditch has had close hand engagement to know the strengths and weaknesses of the industry.
Bowditch holds several honorary appointments, including at Oxford University as a Member of the ITRC (Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortia) Academic Board, Infrastructure Steering Committee at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London. He is Co-Founder of Customer Stewardship Australia and a regular contributor for the national newspaper Australian Financial Review and speaker at industry conferences worldwide.