GCB 1995; Kt 1983
Born 13 March 1944; s of Patrick Owen and Doris Burns; m 1969, Anne Elizabeth Powell; one s two d
Chairman, Ofcom, since 2018
Houghton-le-Spring Grammar Sch.; Univ. of Manchester (BAEcon Hons)
London Business School: research posts, 1965–70; Lecturer in Economics, 1970–74; Sen. Lectr in Economics, 1974–79; Prof. of Economics, 1979; Director, LBS Centre for Economic Forecasting, 1976–79, Fellow, 1989; Chief Econ. Advr to the Treasury and Hd of Govt Econ. Service, 1980–91; Perm. Sec., HM Treasury, 1991–98. Member, HM Treasury Academic Panel, 1976–79. Chm., Financial Services and Mkts Jt Cttee, 1999; non-exec. Mem., Office for Budget Responsibility, 2011–18. Chm., Cttee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs, 2000. Chairman: Nat. Lottery Commn, 2000–01 Commn on Freedom of Information, 2015–. Chairman: Abbey (formerly Abbey National) plc, 2002–10; Santander UK plc, 2010–15; Channel 4 Television, 2010–16; Dep. Chm. and Chm.-designate, 2005–06, Chm., 2006–08, Marks & Spencer; non-executive Director: Legal & General Group plc, 1999–2001; Pearson plc, 1999–2010; British Land Co. plc, 2000–05; Glas Cymru Cyfyngedig, 2000–10; Banco Santander Central Hispano SA, 2004–13. Pres., NIESR, 2003–11. Pres., Soc. of Business Economists, 1999–2012 (Vice-Pres., 1985–99); Vice-Pres., REconS, 1992–. CCMI (CIMgt 1992). Bd Mem., Manchester Business Sch., 1992–98. Dir, Queens Park Rangers FC, 1996–2000. Vice-Pres., Royal Acad. of Music, 1998–2014 (former Chm. Governing Body). Trustee, Monteverdi Choir and Orch., 1998–2001 (Chm. Trustees, 2001–07); Chm., Mid-Wales Music Trust (formerly Cambrian Music Trust), 2010–. Hon. degrees: Manchester Univ.; Sunderland Univ.; Durham Univ.; Sheffield Univ.; Cardiff Univ.; Cardiff Metropolitan Univ.
various articles in economic jls