Angela Owen

Angela Owen

Founder, Women in Defence UK
United Kingdom

Angela’s Army career spanned 30 years and included tours in the UK, Germany and NI during the ‘Troubles’. One of the very first mothers to re-join the Army after the rules changed in the early 90s, Angela has always cared deeply about helping women progress with a real passion for gender equity.

In 2011, Angela founded Women in Defence UK. Although best known for its annual Awards, now in their 8th year, it has recently launched its innovative Critical Mass work and continues to advocate change through its Challenge interviews with senior officers and MOD officials. Its ground-breaking cross-defence sector mentoring programme shortly enters its fourth year and the group continues to collaborate with the MOD and industry on the Women in Defence Charter.

In addition to her Women in Defence UK work, Angela is a Co-Chair of the Women in Defence Charter, a Companion of the CMI and a Senior Advisor to PA Consulting.

She recently reprised her early (Commonwealth Games) athletics career and enjoys sprinting in Masters’ competitions albeit very slowly and has started training to be an Athletics Starter official – too few female Starters! She was appointed OBE in the New Years’ Honours List 2021 for her services to women who work in the Defence Sector. An exceptionally proud mother of a son and daughter, she is now an equally proud grandmother of two glorious granddaughters!    

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