Having retired from the post of Director of Communications for the Diocese of Ely and Press Officer to the Bishop, Owen continues to assist within the Parish.
A London sociology graduate, he came to Cambridge to study theology at Westcott House. He was ordained in 1972 and became Curate at St Luke's, Kensington. Following his two-year appointment as Director of the London Churches Radio Workshop and producer for BBC Radio, he became a non-stipendiary minister. Later he returned to Cambridge, where he has been assisting in the Parish since 1978.
He has worked as a broadcast news journalist and reporter for over twenty years, first with BBC Radio and later with Anglia Television. He left full-time broadcasting in 1995 to become Chaplain of St John's College School and later Chaplain at Christ's College, Cambridge. He was made an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral in 2004. He has been Acting Dean of Clare College, and also Trinity Hall, and Acting Chaplain at St Catharine's College.
He served on the National Autistic Society Council for six years and has headed several major fundraising campaigns to improve facilities for children and adults with autism in this region. He was awarded the MBE in 2008 for services to the Church of England and the community in Cambridgeshire and in 1994 received the Whitbread Volunteer Action Award for outstanding service in the community from Princess Michael of Kent. He is married to Maggie; they have three adult children, two sons and a daughter. His hobbies include gardening and swimming.