Alfred David ('David') Owen was born in September 1936.
He was appointed Chairman of SVR(H) Board between 1989 and 1993, succeeding John Garth and succeeded in turn by Mick York. He retired as an SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) director in September 2018. He is a Trustee of Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd and a Vice President of SVRSevern Valley Railway(H). He was appointed Secretary of The Ironbridge Railway Trust on 23 September 2017.
In the 1997 New Year's honours he was awarded an OBE for Trustee, Community Development Foundation for services to the community in the West Midlands.
He is a member of the family engineering business of Rubery Owen based in Aldridge, Walsall. Rubery Owen have close ties to the SVRSevern Valley Railway having been involved in the original footbridge at Bridgnorth, Hay Bridge, Cleobury Road Bridge and the underbridge on Station Road, Highley. Rubery Owen played a vital role in Britain’s war effort during World War II though production of parts for military aircrafts, and in the 1960s and 1970s, it made a name for itself across the world for its parts manufactured for the British motor industry.
Rubery Owen Holdings Limited hold 150,000 shares in SVR(H), arising from an agreement in 1973 which included the rebuilding of the Hollybush Road Footbridge. SVRSevern Valley Railway News reported at the time that the voting rights of those shares were vested in Severn Valley Railway Company Limited.
The Charity Commission and Companies House list several current and former directorships of philanthropic, education, arts and Christian religious organisations. These include The Owen Family Trust, grants are available to charitable organisations in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton for general charitable activities.
- SVR(H) at Companies House (Retrieved 22 April 2019)
- London Gazette 31 December 1996, p.13 (Retrieved 22 April 2019)
- Valerie Vaz MP (Retrieved 22 April 2019)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 30
- Owen Family Trust (Retrieved 22 April 2019)