Sir Michael Lockett is a trusted advisor to some of the world's most powerful and influential individuals, companies and institutions. He has more than 30 years of experience managing reputations and producing memorable moments.
As Chairman of Audley, he specialises in all the elements needed to build, enhance, protect and sustain a reputation.
Earlier in his career Sir Michael worked at Grey advertising before starting his own company, LIVE, the world's largest independently-owned live marketing business. At LIVE, he conceived the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony, British Airways' global relaunch, National Millennial festivities, and the London Eye's first New Year's Eve spectacular. He was also instrumental in developing “the story” for London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics, as well as the successful campaigns for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
During the 1992 General Election campaign, Sir Michael headed the Conservative Party's presentation team for Prime Minister John Major. After a successful leadership campaign for Prime Minister David Cameron, for whom he subsequently staged the 2013 G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Sir Michael’s 15-year service was brought to a close.
He directed HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee Concerts at Buckingham Palace and has worked with HRH The Prince of Wales' office since 2004.
In 2012, Sir Michael chaired the businesses in charge of the Royal Launch of The Shard as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He was CEO of the Thames River Pageant, and HM The Queen honoured him with a knighthood for his contributions to the project. Michael was also appointed Co-Chair of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant 2022.
He founded Audley to advise corporate, governmental and institutional leaders around the world. His other business concerns include education, research, events, executive search, branding, and film/digital.