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Mr Richard Owens

Richard OwensRichard joined the Board of JEMT in 1996 after retiring from a career in the Middle East with Inchcape, an international trading group.   He was Chairman of JEMT for seven years until June 2008, and Chairman of JMECA from November 2006 to 2015.   These were turbulent years in the Middle East and also on the world’s financial scene.   Prudent husbanding of the resources of JEMT and JMECA for the benefit of the Province was a key challenge.

After university (King’s College, Cambridge) Richard joined Inchcape’s Middle East subsidiary company, Gray Mackenzie, in Bahrain in 1964.   He subsequently served throughout the Gulf states and concluded with ten years in the Sultanate of Oman.   In 1969 / 70 he studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon.

Richard spent some of his spare time associated with the administration of British schools in the Gulf and was a Governor of the British schools in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Muscat during his years there.   He also saw the growth of the Anglican churches in the Gulf states and the expansion of congregations as the region developed dramatically during the second half of the 20th century.

He is married with one daughter, a vet in Oxfordshire, and a son who has followed his footsteps to Oman, as a geologist with Shell.