Owen was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He read History at Cambridge University, before joining his family leather business, becoming Managing Director in 1994. He speaks French and German. In twenty years in business he travelled all over the world, becoming President of COTANCE, the European Tanners’ Confederation.
During the past 13 years, he has fought on behalf of his constituents for better health provision, local Primary Schools, improved transport services, Post Offices, local Magistrates Courts and against regional police forces.
In May 2010 Owen was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and was made a Privy Councillor. During the September 2012 reshuffle he became the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
In July 2014 Owen returned to the backbench where he has spoken out on a number of subjects as the Chairman of the UK2020 think tank. Recent subject have included Energy and Britain’s position in Europe.