Owen has worked in politics and planning for almost twenty years and has extensive political experience and contacts. He has worked closely with backbench MPs, Government Whips, Ministers and with the Number 10 operation under 5 Prime Ministers.
With a background in policy development, Owen worked on the Localism Act and NPPF in 2012 and, more recently, on scrutinising the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.
He is an expert on Parliamentary process and wrote his Masters Dissertation on the development of Erskine May and the Standing Orders of Parliament.
Owen is the Coordinator for the Better Planning Coalition, 31 NGOs and charities working to improve the planning system. Members include the National Trust, CPRE, RSPB, Shelter, Chartered Institute of Housing and the Town and Country Planning Association. He understands how the third sector views planning and how to successfully engage and build support for projects.
Outside of Westminster, Owen is a Planning Consultant, with expertise in residential, business and agricultural applications. He has extensive knowledge of and contacts in local Government and appears regularly for clients at Planning Committee meetings across the country.
Owen lives on the Nottinghamshire-Leicestershire border where he runs a small horticulture & beekeeping business and keeps various escaping animals.