Jane Owen assumed the post of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation and non-resident Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein in late December 2017. In January 2018, she readily accepted the role of Patron to the BRA.
Jane was educated at Ellerslie School in Malvern, and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA Hons in Russian, French and German). She was born in Bilston in the West Midlands and has 2 children, Phoebe (18) and James (16). Her husband “dangerous Dave” Donnelly died of cancer in 2017.
From 2014-17 she worked in London as Chief Operating Officer of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the government body responsible for promoting Britain’s commercial and business relationships around the world.
Jane was Ambassador to Norway (2010-2014) and Director for Trade and Investment at the British Commission in India (2006-2010) and at the British Embassy in Japan (2002-2006). She has also worked in Vietnam and in the European Union department at the Foreign Office in London.”