Owen joined ALCS in 1997 having previously spent 10 years working in Hong Kong in IT consultancy developing bespoke solutions for the publishing and book industry.
Owen was initially responsible for the design and development of a new bespoke royalties system which was successfully implemented in 1999. He became Head of Operations in 2000 and has overseen the doubling of royalties collected and paid to authors over the past 8 years. Owen became Deputy CEO in 2004 and CEO in 2006.
During this time he has been involved in international projects regarding information and repertoire exchange as well as working with data standards groups on the development of identifiers.
He is also involved in lobbying and campaigning in support of authors’ rights and raising the profile of writers in both the UK and EU raising issues with ministers and MPs on the value of creators to the Creative Economy including those related to the current campaign to review and expand the Public Lending Right to cover both digital and audio books.
Owen is married with 2 lively children and lives in Surrey.