Owen is Head of the Economic Crime Unit, part of the Serious and Organised Crime Group in the Home Office. He and his colleagues are working with domestic and international Government, law enforcement, regulatory and private sector partners to protect the public and businesses from economic crime. In this most recent roles, he designed the National Crime Agency and set up the Economic Crime Command and National Cyber Crime Unit; led the production and implementation of the Criminal Finances Act, including introduction of Unexplained Wealth Orders and Asset Freezing Orders; chaired negotiations that established the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce (JMLIT); and co-ordinated production of the 2019 Public-Private Economic Crime Plan.
His previous roles over 25 years within Whitehall and the European Commission comprised a range of national security, crime and policing policy positions including: Head of Drug Strategy; Secretary to the Chilcot Review into Intercept as Evidence; Head of Counter-Terrorism Science and Innovation; and lead negotiator for the European Commission on Justice and Home Affairs with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Deputy Director & Head of the Economic Crime Unit