LIZZIE OWEN -
The Millennium Tapestry Company
Lizzie was responsible for
the original concept of the tapestry projects and was appointed by the
trustees Chief Executive of the not-for-profit company at its inception in
She trained at the Wolfson
School of Nursing, working in the Westminster Hospital and in other hospitals
in the group. Lizzie graduated as a State Registered Nurse in 1978, continuing
work as a Staff Nurse.
Lizzie also has extensive
experience in the media industry, in advertising sales and marketing, working
on the London Evening News, IPC Magazines, British Airports Authority (W. H.
Smith Advertising), and The Mail on Sunday, where she headed up the Femail and
Men’s Fashion sections.
She subsequently worked with
her husband, Robyn Owen, on his overseas missions as a marketing consultant
for the European Commission, setting up and attending meetings with government
departments and the private sector in
Namibia, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.
Lizzie took up art and design during a short period when she was confined to a
wheelchair, and subsequently pursued her studies at the North Oxfordshire
College of Art, where she took a particular interest in watercolour, mixed
media and textural embroidery. She has had several individual and joint
exhibitions of her paintings in North Oxfordshire, and examples of her work
are in private collections as far afield as the United States, Hong Kong and
Australia. She held art classes at a primary school in Banbury, and one of her
under 9 year olds’ textural embroideries won first prize nationally in the
Sheldon Textile Competition for under 12 year olds.
Lizzie has worked for several local charitable projects in North Oxfordshire,
notably as a team leader for a senior citizens’ lunch club, which also
involved her in the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
ROBYN OWEN - Planning
The Millennium Tapestry Company
Robyn joined The
Millennium Tapestry Company in 1998, and has devised the logical
frameworks for the tapestries, written the schools' briefs and and
designed the many exhibitions.
After graduating with an honours degree in Classics at the
University of Reading, Robyn learned marketing as a Unilever
Graduate Trainee in London, and has worked for major Unilever
operating companies, as well as in the international advertising
agencies BBDO and McCann-Erickson, handling many multinational
marketing accounts, major banks and financial institutions in the
He has extensive experience as board director both in the U.K. and
in South Africa, where he worked as senior account director and
board director for J Walter Thompson in Johannesburg. Robyn was
appointed to head a campaign promoting racial equality in South
Africa and was also a guest lecturer in marketing (MBA course) at
the University of the Witwatersrand.
Robyn was a senior partner in Partnership Consultants, a
London-based international marketing, tourism and communications
consultancy, from 1986 to 2000, handling assignments for the
European Commission, the World Bank Group, the World Tourism
Organization and the Commonwealth Secretariat. From 1991 to 1996
he worked on EU Trade and Services Development Programmes for
African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Robyn had specific
responsibilities for several individual countries, including
Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia,
Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Guyana.
Subsequently, he undertook a detailed tourism review in
Lesotho for ComSec, also designing a European market research
programme, and has written main tourism brochures for Malaëi.
He was a team member on an UNCTAD disaster management study for
the tourism sectors of developing countries, and project director
on an EU structural strengthening programme for the Macau
Institute of Tourism Education.
Robyn Owen is accredited to the European Commission as a Grade I