Nicholas Owen started his journalistic career in newspapers before switching to TV in 1981 with BBC North, moving in 1984 to Ch4 News Business and Economics Correspondent. During the first Gulf War, he also presented the highly acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes, then went on to be ITV's Royal Correspondent up until 2000.
During that time he reported on the death of Princess Diana and subsequently wrote a book on her life entitled Diana – The People's Princess.
He has also written 3 other books on his love of railways and his autobiography published in 2012.
In 2007 he returned to the BBC on the BBC News Channel, as well as being the main relief presenter for the BBC Weekend News on BBC One.
He also has a radio programme on Classic FM and contributes to a number of TV and radio programmes.
Away from the media spotlight, since the 1980s he has been a supporter of the charities Cancer Research and ActionAid engaging in various fundraising events.
He is Ambassador of The Children's Trust, for children with brain injury. Patron of Dyscover Ltd a Surrey-based charity for people following stroke or brain injury.
Nicholas undertakes a wide range of corporate work, which includes hosting major industry and medical conferences, seminars and award ceremonies; chairing question time sessions, debates and media briefings, as well as giving after dinner - and lunchtime - speeches.
Recent bookings have included:
- Hosting the launch of the new one pound coin for the Royal Mint with the Queen's new portrait
- Chairing the National Rail Conference for many years featuring panel discussions and audience participation with figures from the industry, the Government, and the Secretary of State for Transport
- Host and present Staff Awards for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
- Hosting the Royal Television Society's North of England Awards (the biggest outside London) for many years
- Chairing question and answer sessions on the future of oncology medicine for Pfizer Ltd
- Chairing an international environmental conference at the Natural History Museum
- Chairing question and answer sessions at successive Police Federation conferences
- Chairing a BT workshop session involving other leading FTSE 100 firms
- Hosting a major international television conference at the Palais de Congress in Paris, attended by TV executives worldwide, both in the audience and via video links
- Chairing business sessions for Motorola Inc aboard a five-day cruise for CEOs worldwide
- Facilitating and presenting international medical seminars including the European Society of Cardiologists and the European Haematology Association.
What the audiences say:
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you once again, for holding us all together so successfully today. You were a resounding success and we all agree we simply couldn’t have done it without you.”
“Thank you SO MUCH for all your hard work last night. You were a total star – kept everything moving, managed the rather noisy crowd extremely well and entertained us non-stop!”
Highways Excellence Awards
“Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Conference. Your contribution was just what we wanted and helped to make the meeting a great success for all attendees. Thank you once again.”
Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology
“It was absolutely fantastic thank you! The evening was a great success. Please pass on our thanks to Nicholas. He did a wonderful job and I kept having people come up and tell me what a good choice he was, including our directors who were very pleased. He was a delight to work with and we were very happy he agreed to be our host for the evening.”
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
“Nicholas Owen’s professionalism and strong personal involvement in the opening ceremony of the European Society of Cardiology’s 2010 Annual Congress has been a key element in the success of this conference which was attended by more than 3000 European Cardiologists.”
“Nicholas was on great form last night and the event was an enormous success from our point of view.”
CSRE Ltd (Railway debate)
“Nicholas went down exceedingly well not just with the audience but also our Chairman and CEX.”
East Midlands Development Agency annual meeting
“Just a very quick line to thank you so much for your contribution to Tuesday's Excellence In Oncology Awards night! As usual you were superb and a joy to work with. We have had fantastic feedback – the night was a huge success.”
“Your skills as our Chair really enhanced the evening and kept our somewhat individually-minded guests on track when necessary, with a high level of professionalism and humour which was much appreciated by everyone.”
Cornwall promotion conference
“Thank you once again for your significant contribution to our conference. Your moderation throughout the two days and of course the days of preparation was invaluable.”
Alastair Sim, SAS director of Marketing & Strategy, IT international convention, Wembley
“You had the highest scores ever recorded in feedback forms - 90% scored 4 or 5 out of 5”
Pfizer Diabetes Debate
“There was unanimous praise for your witty and stylish presentation. Thank you for a hat trick of terrific RTS Awards, for which your superb hosting was absolutely the lynchpin”
“Servier were delighted with the event and thought you were brilliant! Thank you for being so kind and friendly. It was a pleasure to work with you...”
“Thank you for being a most excellent guest at our Staff Awards for Excellence ... the feedback from staff has been phenomenal ... You were absolutely brilliant!”
Award ceremony for East London & The City Mental Health Trust
“Thanks for all your help and support ... With a very short lead-in time and most material coming in very late ... it was so reassuring to know that I had your experienced and calm self on stage to deal with any emergencies.”
Canada Life Conference
“On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I just want to say a big thank you to Nicholas for hosting our event. He was a true pro, very amusing and managed the over excitable guests very well! It was a pleasure working with him.”
NHS Foundation Trust
“Your professionalism, knowledge and the charming way you managed to keep everyone to time - a unique achievement at any conference! - provided the momentum and continuity which made the event so successful”
Falkland Islands Business conference