Alice believes that learning to swim is a human right, and that whether you’re swimming your first 25metres, splashing in tarns or crossing the English Channel, swimming can empower our lives both in and out of the water.
Alice discovered open water swimming after being knocked off her bike by a lorry on her way to work, the day before her 31 birthday. Waking up on the tarmac as commuter traffic circled around her, too busy to stop to help, she realised it was time to change her path.
Since then Alice has pursued her passions of writing, social justice and the outdoors. Alice is founder of A Lotus Rises – The Women’s Swimming Collective; A swim coach and Contributing Editor at Outdoor Swimming Magazine. When not in or around water, she is also lead consultant at HighLittleCloud.com where her expertise includes policy and advocacy, community and engagement, business development and providing insight and advice on topics such as anti-corruption, the rule of law, the digital revolution, China, community engagement, water scarcity, health and well – being.
She is particularly proud to be a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Her swims include: a solo 26.4km Lake Zurich Marathon Swim; a 4 woman English Channel relay; 2 woman Lake Zurich relay; the Solent; the Thames Marathon; Dart 10k, Sydney Harbour Swim, Scilly Swim Challenge, and the swimmer for Team Mel C vs Team Pendleton in the Human Race Women only triathlon, and competing in the International Winter Swimming Championships in China. She is equally happy swimming with seals and jumping in waterfalls in the Isle of Skye, or eating cake with her swimming buddies at Tooting Lido and the Serpentine.
You can hear more about Alice’s journey in her interview with Sarah Williams for the Tough Girl Podcast.
Alice’s consultancy and adventures have taken her from SE London to China, India, the Alps, Australia, the UN and No.10.