Angela Owen was commissioned into the British Army in 1976, she served in the UK, Germany and had tours in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’. She competed in the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in the 100m and 200m sprints, setting the Army 200m record in 1982 which she still holds.
Angela has always been passionate about helping women progress and founded Women in Defence UK in 2011, when she realised that despite the thousands of women working at all levels of UK defence, women seemed to be ‘thinly spread‘. All too often, Angela was one of two or three women at defence conferences or gatherings. She formed the group to provide a platform for networking, discussion and the exchanging of ideas and experiences for women across the defence enterprise. Over the last few years, the group has interviewed the Chief of the General Staff, the First Sea Lord and the Air Member Personnel about their plans for maximising talent and broadening diversity in the Armed Forces and recently interviewed the Commandant General Royal Marines about women in the Commandoes. Since their inception last year, the Women in Defence UK Awards have attracted over 600 nominations from across the Armed Forces, MOD Civil Service, defence industry and the defence 3rd sector.
Angela spent 9 years as a defence expert with PA Consulting after leaving the Army and is now a Senior Advisor to PA on women in defence. She is a member of the CMI Women’s Advisory Committee, chairs the Commuter Judging Panel for the 2017 CMI Management Book of the Year, a judge for the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards 2017 and is regularly asked to chair panels with a diversity and inclusion theme. An exceptionally proud mother of a son and daughter who have long since flown the roost, she recently became an equally proud grandmother of a glorious grand-daughter!