Owen is a deputy director in the ESFA, overseeing pre-16 school revenue funding. Before this, he was a member of the senior leadership team for Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council where he had extensive experience with the issues facing both education and children’s social care. He is a trustee for the Yare Education Trust and chair of the trust’s finance committee; in addition, he is chair of governors at Dussindale Primary School. He has had a variety of experiences in the private sector when he worked for KCom Plc and Ernst and Young LLP. Owen is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).