Phil Owen, Service Director Profession Relationships
Phil represents the Institute and Trading Standards at the highest levels with UK government in the formation of regulatory reform policy and legislative developments – advising on aspects of business compliance, consumer and trading law. He has extensive experience representing UK interests at EU level on aspects of market surveillance, developing regulatory reform training solutions for EU market surveillance authorities and auditing of member states market surveillance arrangements and up until recently was a board member of the Product Safety Forum of Europe.
In March 2020, local authority trading standards and environmental health were designated as enforcement bodies under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.
Phil was nominated as the key person in CTSI to work with the Government to help support local authorities in the effective implementation of the new important obligations.
Phil has been an advisor to Governments including Armenia, China, Malaysia and Vietnam. Since 2015 he has continued to deliver a number of projects on behalf of the UK Government to assist the Government of India in their Ease of Doing Business initiatives. He is also a lead trainer on the EU's Better Training for Safer Foods Programme on E-Commerce and lead the development and delivery of the successful Regulatory Compliance Officer Apprenticeship Scheme.
Phil started his career as an inspector at Staffordshire County Council where he led on food and health issues and was invited to become a visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University to lecture EH and TS undergraduates. Phil moved to Oxfordshire County Council – taking on management responsibilities and leading the County’s professional development programme.