Board Members

DAVID OWEN | Magician & Founding Board Member, Chairman of the Board

David is a Member of The Magic Circle and a leading commercial arbitrator, mediator and barrister.

His advocacy and legal skills led him to being appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2006, and he is recognised as a leading figure in the world of dispute resolution. Developing communication skills has always been an integral part of his work. He has trained lawyers to become effective advocates and now trains groups and individuals on presentation and communication techniques, as well as communicating in situations of conflict.

David was elected into The Magic Circle in his teens and has performed and taught magic at corporate and private events around the world as well as on television. His lifelong interest in using magic performance skills in other contexts, and as a way of empowering individuals by increasing their confidence, is what led him to be one of our founding Board of Directors.


John has a background in financial services, and has been involved in fund management and then investment research since 1990. In 2001 he co-founded Independent Minds, and he is currently one of the firm’s Directors. He advises institutional investors, including large pension funds, on investments in European equities. He has also been involved in the running of small companies for many years, and this experience has already been extremely helpful in developing Breathe’s business planning. He will be monitoring Breathe’s finances.

John is the Treasurer of the Scottish branch of the International Play Association.


After a brief period working in India and in the third sector Sue spent 27 years as a Chief Executive and in other senior positions in the NHS working closely with Local Authorities, government departments and independent health and social care businesses. She was Chief Executive of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, commissioning health and healthcare services for 680,000 people for 5 years until 2002. Prior to this she led a group of acute hospitals and a large mental health service.

Sue has worked with many individuals and teams in large and small businesses and loves helping people realise their ambitions, use their talents and overcome obstacles to achieve great things. Since 2007 Sue has worked part-time and taken up Non Executive roles and voluntary work, as well as enjoying other pursuits. Sue has been a Trustee of Guys and St Thomas Charity for 8 years and her term of office ends in June.