Lord David Owen

Lord Owen is a doctor by training and was neurology and psychiatric registrar at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, before becoming a Research Fellow.  He then entered politics and in Labour Governments served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary.  He co-founded the Social Democratic Party and was its leader from 1983-1990.  From 1992-1995 he served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia.  He now sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. Lord Owen has long been interested in the inter-relationship between politics and medicine and has written extensively on the subject. ‘Hubris Syndrome: An Acquired Personality Disorder?’, Brain 2009, In Sickness and In Power: Illness in Heads of Government since 1900 (2008 and revised ebook edition, 2014), The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and the Intoxication of Power (revised edition, 2012) and ‘Hubris in leadership: A peril of unbridled intuition?’, Leadership 2013.  He is chairman of the charitable organisation, Daedalus Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of hubris and hubris syndrome in public and business life.

Lord David Owen