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Sir Michael Lockett KCVO


Audley Limited

London, UK

Michael Lockett
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Blue Owl Capital Inc.
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Behrman Capital

Michael Lockett’s Biography

Sir Michael Lockett is an advisor to some of the most exceptional and influential leaders, institutions, and corporations in the world. He has over 30 years’ experience creating outstanding moments and managing reputations.

As Chairman of Audley, he specialises in all the elements needed to build, enhance, protect and sustain a reputation.

In his earlier career, Sir Michael worked at Grey advertising before establishing his own business, LIVE, which became the world’s largest independently-owned live marketing company. At LIVE, he masterminded the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony, global re-launch of British Airways, National Millennial events, and the inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration at the London Eye. He also played a vital role in developing 'the story’ for London’s winning bid to host the 2012 Olympics, followed by the successful campaigns for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and Rio in 2016.

Sir Michael led the Conservative Party’s presentation unit for Prime Minister John Major during the 1992 General Election campaign. His role concluded after 15 years with the successful leadership campaign for Prime Minister David Cameron, for whom he subsequently went on to stage the 2013 G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

Independently, he directed HM The Queen's Golden Jubilee Concerts at Buckingham Palace and has worked with the office of HRH The Prince of Wales since 2004.

In 2012, he chaired the companies that handled the Royal launch of The Shard and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics. He also served as CEO of the Thames River Pageant and was honoured with a knighthood by HM The Queen for his work on the project. Recently, Michael was appointed Co-Chair of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant 2022.

He created Audley to focus on advising corporate, political and institutional leaders globally. His other business interests lie in education, events, research, branding, executive search and film/digital.

Michael Lockett’s Newsfeed

Inside the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant, as grand plans are unveiled featuring ‘misbehaving...

...corgis’ et al. In an article by Tatler, Michael Lockett, Co-Chair of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, is mentioned regarding the ambition for the occasion that is in celebration of Her Majesty's 70-year reign.

The Guardian
Carnival spirit to infuse Queen’s platinum jubilee shindig

Michael Lockett, Co-Chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant for HM The Queen's 70-year reign, is mentioned in an article by The Guardian regarding the pageant, which will be told through dance, street theatre, circus acts and marching bands in central London.

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Michael Lockett’s Background

Audley Limited
London, UK
Audley is a strategic advisory firm that works with business and government leaders to help them achieve their political, professional or personal goals. It builds and delivers creative strategies and campaigns to help shift opinions, shape reputations and navigate change. Audley aids private, corporate and public sector clients facing leadership, reputation, policy or communication challenges.
CTN Group
London, UK
The CTN Group incorporates Embolden, a creative communications agency specialising in film and video and The Leadership Agency operating out of its state of the art central London broadcast Studio. It conceives, creates, coaches and counsels the compelling communications that underpin successful leaders.
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Other Business Interests

GEMS Education
Board Member
Founded in the UAE, GEMS Education is the largest K-12 private education provider globally, operating top international independent schools in six regions worldwide.
Yonder Consulting Limited
Founding Board Member
London, UK
Located in London, New York and Hong Kong, Yonder blends insight, strategy, imagination and activation to unlock opportunity and deliver business impact.


The Telegraph
The Diamond Jubilee pageant, the Shard, the Olympics: no job's too big for Michael Lockett
Jul 2012
London, UK
Sir Michael Lockett, the mastermind behind the Diamond Jubilee pageant, is featured in an article by The Telegraph regarding the Royal launch of the Shard.

Awards & Endorsements

2012 Diamond Jubilee Honours
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Sep 2012
London, UK
Sir Michael was awarded for his work on the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in his capacity as Chief Executive of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation.
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2002 Golden Jubilee Honours
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
Aug 2002
London, UK
Sir Michael was responsible for the Queen's Golden Jubilee concerts and was appointed as Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his contribution to the celebrations.

Charitable Interests

The Varkey Foundation
Windlesham, UK
The Varkey Foundation strives for a quality education for every child and works to build the capacity and status of teachers to improve outcomes. It also mounts the $1million annual Global Teacher Prize for the best teacher in the world.
The Oracle Cancer Trust
London, UK
The Oracle Cancer Trust is the UK's leading charity focusing its funding and research solely on head and neck cancer.
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