Lord Owen

Lord Owen

Full title

The Rt Hon. the Lord Owen CH


David Owen


Independent Social Democrat

Joined the Lords

30 June 1992

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 5353
Fax: 0207 219 5979

External/Private Office

External Office
Tel: 01442 872 617; Fax: 01442 876 108

Web & Social media


UK Parliament

Post Date
Leader of the Social Democratic Party 1988-90
Leader of the Social Democratic Party 1983-87
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy 1979-80
Foreign Secretary 1977-79
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 1976-77
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Security) 1974-76
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Security) 1974-74
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Navy) 1968-70
Constituency Date
Plymouth, Devonport 1974-92
Plymouth, Sutton 1966-74

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Chairman Daedalus Trust 2010-
Director Hyperdynamics Corporation 2009-
Consultant Epion Holdings and USM Holdings 2005-
Chairman Yukos International UK 2002-05
Director Abbott Laboratories Inc 1996-11
Chairman Middlesex Holdings (later GNE) 1995-06
Research Fellow Medical Unit 1966-68
Neurological and Psychiatric Registrar St Thomas' Hospital 1964-66

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Chancellor University of Liverpool 1996-09
Member Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict 1994-99
EU Co-chairman International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia 1992-95
Member Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues 1980-89

Member's focus

European Union
Health services and medicine
International affairs
Parliament, government and politics
Middle East

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Europe Steel plc
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Medical Practitioner (non-practising)
    • Income is received from Methuen Publishing for writing books; and from international consultancy work (see category 3)
  • 3: Clients

    • Epion Holdings Limited, registered in BVI; main shareholder Alisher Usmanov
    • USM Holdings Ltd, registered in BVI; main shareholder Alisher Usmanov
  • 4: Shareholdings (b)

    • Abbott Laboratories Inc (healthcare)
    • Abbvie Inc (pharmaceutical research)
    • Deere & Co (agricultural and construction manufacturer)
    • Hyperdynamics Corporation (oil exploration)
    • IMI plc (industrial)
    • John Lewis plc
    • Prusik Umbrella Ucits Fund plc (Asian equity)
    • Foresight Solar Fund Ltd (environmental funds)
    • Goldfinch Pictures Ltd (film production)
    • Wahlgreen Company (drug retailing chain)
    • BTG (healthcare)
    • Amazon.com, Inc
    • Schlumberger Limited (technology for oil/gas industries)
    • Hyatt Hotels
    • Tesla Motors
    • Gilead Sciences, Inc (biopharmaceutical company)
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Director, Center for International Humanitarian Co-operation
    • Chairman, Daedalus Trust
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • President, River Thames Society