Owen started in advertising as a copywriter where he wrote a clutch of award winning press and poster campaigns, created the first ever charity ad to be shown of British TV and worked on campaigns for Heinz, Cadbury and Sealink as well as the launch campaign for the flotation of British Gas – at £20 million the largest ever UK spend. But all that glitters is not gold.
The next logical step was to move to South America where he bought and built two hotels, founded the Ecuadorian Film Commission and climbed most of the country’s mountains including South America’s most active volcano, Sangay, last climbed by the ill fated British Expedition in 1973.
In between this he followed his passion for all things psychological and ran a workshop on Commitment only to discover that he really wasn’t committed to being a hotel owner, mountain climber or movie mogul. Two failed businesses – the Gourmet Club went down like a soufflé on a windy day - and one son later Owen returned to England by banana boat; a slightly odd thing to do given that bananas are the only food he really can’t stand – something to do with the texture and the way they stick to your teeth.
Psychology which had always taken a back seat now took the front seat – it’s what he had always really been committed to. A post graduate course in Child Psychology followed along with more courses including a one year course on heuristic psychology at the Institute of Creativity.
It was here that he met Mac Andrews who invited him to join QuantumSteps as a freelance researcher. Sometimes the challenges appear to be insurmountable, but that’s all part of the excitement, after all it wouldn't be an adventure if you knew how to get there before you got there...