Valerie Owen is a multidisciplinary professional – Chartered Architect, Town Planner, Development Surveyor and Environmentalist – expert in sustainable development and regeneration.
In her early career, Valerie specialised in conservation and heritage, converting redundant Listed Buildings to commercial uses. She then became Architect Director at international consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle, upgrading properties in Fund portfolios to maximise investment returns. Later, Valerie became Managing Director at London First, delivering sustainable development programmes through business/government partnerships.
Valerie is passionate about good architecture, placemaking and design and has held numerous Ministerial and NED appointments, serving as a Board member and commissioning client for several major regeneration projects led by the public sector. Valerie is Managing Director of Le Vaillant Owen Consultancy and, until 2021, was Chair of Swan Housing, managing 11,000 houses, a construction company and MMC factory. She currently Chairs the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence and is a member of the Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board, seeking to drive improved outcomes in health and social care.
Valerie is an active member of Girlguiding UK, for 20 years she pioneered community education and youth outreach initiatives among disadvantaged girls and women from Bangladeshi Muslim communities in Tower Hamlets, East London, and is experienced in leading/managing volunteers; charity fundraising and international outreach. In 2016-17 Valerie was Chief Guide, UK & Territories and Chair of Trustees, Girlguiding UK, the largest education charity for girls/young women, which has 600,000 UK members and 10 million worldwide
Valerie lives in Deal, east Kent, is married to Bob Le Vaillant and has 3 adopted daughters. Locally, she volunteers for the Walmer RNLI and was previously a Special Needs Advisor for Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme.