Edward Lloyd Owen

curriculum vitae

[email protected] • +44(0)7790021367

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Executive Summary

I have been a Strategic Communications & Digital Media Consultant & Director for 15 years, and have developed deep expertise in leading military and civilian StratComm planning, public relations, media handling, counter-dis/misinformation, social media, crisis comms, target audience analysis, narrative construction and psychological operations.

I am a level-headed, flexible and proven leader in combat and hostile environments. I have training and experience in planning and executing military information operations, outreach & stabilisation operations, as well as civilian international corporate & political communications campaigns.

A freelance professional photographer of 10 years, I am also a member of the British Army’s Information Operations formation, 77th Brigade, since its inception in 2014, for which I have generated content across all channels.

I am looking for a senior leadership & comms role in government, geo-political, conflict or corporate strategic communications or info ops, and would be very happy to consider positions either within the United Kingdom or abroad.


Core Skills
~ Strategic Communications ~
  • Social Media & Digital Strategy
  • Content Generation – Photo/Video/Copy
  • Information Domain & Environment Analysis
  • Target Audience & Channel Analysis
  • Strategic Info Ops & Narrative Construction
  • Measure/Assessment of Effectiveness
  • PR Planning, Media Handling & Spokesman
  • Outreach & Engagement Planning & Ops
~ Operations & leadership ~
  • Proven Leadership in Hostile Environments/Combat
  • Decision Making, Gap Analysis & Briefing
  • Current & Future Operations Management
  • Capability Development
  • Human Resources Management & Training
  • Accounting & Financial Planning
~ Creative & technical Skills ~
  • Professional News / Event Photography
  • Narrative aligned storyboarding
  • Film Making – producing, directing, editing
  • Interview & Media Spokesman Training
  • Copywriting & Article / Blog Generation
  • Press Release / Statement / Speech writing
  • SM Content within narrative framework
  • Situational Report Writing & Briefing
  • Web Design & Development inc ecommerce
  • SEO, Google Web & Analytics, PPC, Paid Ads
  • Expert software knowledge & experience in:
    • Adobe CC: PS, Lr, LrC, In, Br, Ai, Premiere
    • MS365 Suite: doc, xlsx, ppt, access, teams
    • Misc other software – WordPress, Xero etc

Curriculum Vitae

77th Brigade, British Army ~ Captain (2014-Present)

  • Psychological, Information & Media Operations Staff Officer, Planner & Practitioner; Counter-Dis/Misinformation Specialist; Combat Camera Team Leader (CCT) in Operational Media and Communications Group, 77th Brigade (77X) – Defence’s primary ‘Information Manoeuvre’ and StratComm formation.
  • Media Operations Staff Officer and Combat Camera Team leader (2015-Present)
  • Operational deployments to CYP, EST, KAZ, KEN, NGA.
  • Intermittent staff officer support to UKSF from the UK.
  • Lead Staff Officer for counter-disinformation and OSINT operations in 77X for C-19 support, reporting indirectly to the Head of the Govt Communications Service in The Cabinet Office and x-WH (2020).
  • Security clearance: Developed Vetting (DV) & strap inducted.

The Ansel & Fox Group ~ Founder & Managing Director (Apr 2012-Present)

  • Strategic Communications & PR, Management Consultancy, Leadership Training, Event Planning on an ad hoc basis.
  • Expeditionary & Event Photographer; professional photography for events, weddings news, travel, portrait, corporates.
  • Digital Content Creator/Curator/Strategist, Digital Marketing & Analytics, Web Designer/Developer.
  • Private photographic curator/archivist & album designer for HNWs/UHNWs and other institutions.

A Short Walk Home ~ Long Distance Adventurer (Apr – Aug 2015)

  • Walked across 9 countries on foot in 5 months: CYP, TUR, GRE, MKD, ALB, ITA, CHE, FRA, GBR
  • Designed & built a dedicated website and curated specialist SM channels – whilst walking.
  • Generated coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail et al, resulting in 2M OTS – whilst walking.
  • Raised over £30,000 for Walking With The Wounded – a military charity dedicated to UKMil veterans.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity ~ Senior Communications Consultant (Jan – Sep 2013)

  • Senior comms planner and manager, overseeing all local PR & media activity across the UK for a national charity.

Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight ~ Political Aide (Aug – Apr 2011)

  • Chief of Staff, principal speechwriter & researcher for Member of Parliament.

Bell-Pottinger, Chime PLC ~ Middle East Digital Communications Director (Mar – Aug 2011)

  • Specialist digital consultant providing digital StratComm and international PR advice to the BHR Govt and HRH The Crown Prince, Salman Al Khalifa, during ‘The Arab Spring’ in country.
  • Director for all digital aspects of the IAA, most notably running the official BHR Govt’s Twitter feed.
  • Designed and built the official website and other digital (social media) assets within 48 hours for the period of the National Dialogue – strategic negotiation between Sunni & Shia factions in country.
  • Delivered strategic digital media analysis reports twice daily to HRH The Crown Prince.
  • Delivered media analysis and StratComm recommendations to various BHR institutions.
  • Other projects undertaken whilst working for Bell-Pottinger included:
  • Weekly media products and analysis for the Office of the Prime Minister in KWT;
  • The complete digital strategy and implementation plan for the Govt of KWT;
  • The complete digital strategy and implementation plan for the Govt of LKA;
  • Planned and delivered a PR event for the AFG Minister for Mining; and,
  • Planned and delivered a conference for the UKR Hotel and Leisure Sector in Kiev.

WSM Communications Ltd ~ Senior Communications Consultant (Jan – Mar 2010)

  • Sports Communications Consultant running the ISPS/Handa Golf Sports PR Strategy in the Far East.
  • Oversaw and planned the development of the WSM Communications Ltd digital assets, including website.

The Royal British Legion ~ Communications Consultant (Oct – Dec 2009)

  • Member of TRBL Comms team for Poppy Appeal 2009 including Royal Wootton Bassett repatriations.

ONE Communications Ltd ~ Account Director & Digital Manager (Sep – Oct 2009)

  • Accounts managed included Project 65, Supacat, BLESMA, Fujitsu, BCB International, The Freemasons.

9th/12th Royal Lancers ~ Captain ( May 2002 – Aug 2008)

  • Troop Leader; Squadron 2IC; RHQ Outreach & Stabilisation Staff Officer in IRQ; Media/Info Ops Staff Officer in FLK.

Qualifications
PROFESSIONAL
  • Joint Operational Planning Course (2020)
  • Joint Information Operations Course (2020)
  • Psychological Operations & Target Audience Analysis Course (2019)
  • Defence Communicators’ Course (2015)
  • Combat Camera Team Planning Course (2015)
  • Troop Leaders’ Development Course (2003)
  • Commissioning Course at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (2002)
ACADEMIC
  • MSc in International Communications / Politics or similar (planned for 2026)
  • Application for History & Politics undergraduate course to Oxford University to start in Autumn 2022.
  • Self-Study through remote learning – History & Politics A-Levels (2021)
  • Oxford Media & Business School – Business Management & Administration (Distinction)
  • Eton College – Maths, Physics, Geography A-Levels