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Sir Michael Lockett KCVO


Audley Limited

London, UK

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Blue Owl Capital Inc.
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Behrman Capital

Michael Lockett’s Biography

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.

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 government and business leaders to help them achieve their professional, political or personal goals. It builds and delivers creative campaigns and strategies to help shift opinions, shape reputations and navigate change. Audley aids corporate, private and public sector clients facing reputation, communication, leadership or policy 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.
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Other Business Interests

GEMS Education
Board Member
Founded in the UAE, GEMS Education is the biggest K-12 private education provider in the world, operating highly regarded independent schools globally.
Yonder Consulting Limited
Founding Board Member
London, UK
Located in London, New York and Hong Kong, Yonder blends strategy, insight and imagination to activate opportunity and deliver impactful business results.


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 $1 million 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 neck and head cancer.
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