Professor Bowman began his professional life as a radiographer, undertaking radiography training at the Northampton School of Radiography in the UK. He worked as a senior radiographer in a number of hospitals in London before becoming a student teacher at Guys Hospital Radiography Education Centre. He became a principal lecturer at South Bank University when the centre at Guys amalgamated with that university. Professor Bowman then became the Head of the Department of Radiography and Imaging Sciences at the University College of St Martin. He was also appointed the foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health Science and Community at St Martins before moving to Australia to take up the position of Head of the School of Medical Radiations at Charles Sturt University. At Charles Sturt University he later became the foundation Head of the School of Clinical Sciences. Professor Bowman then moved to the University of South Australia where he was appointed Dean of the Whyalla Campus and the foundation Director of Regional Engagement. He then moved on to James Cook University to become Pro Vice Chancellor (Cairns and Academic Planning & Development) with further appointments as Pro Vice Chancellor Corporate and Commercial and Deputy Vice Chancellor University Services and Registrar. In August 2009 he was appointed the Vice Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia.