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Lizzie Lockett

Chief Executive Officer


Lizzie Lockett

Lizzie joined the RCVS in February 2005 as Head of Communications, bringing with her 13 years' experience working in marketing, public relations, communications and public affairs both in the UK and across Europe.

As Head of Communications, and later Director of Strategic Communications, Lizzie and her team were responsible for all of the College’s communications, including media, publications, events, web and digital, design and public affairs. Lizzie was also responsible for managing the RCVS side of the joint RCVS/British Veterinary Association project, Vet Futures.

In autumn 2014, Lizzie set up the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI), alongside its then Chair, Neil Smith. MMI aims to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of members of the veterinary team.

Lizzie took up the role of Acting CEO in September 2017 and was appointed CEO in November 2017.

Lizzie is an Accredited PR Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and holds a degree in English Language and Literature from St John’s College, Oxford, a postgraduate qualification in journalism, and diplomas in the History of Art, also from Oxford.

Declaration of interests


Director of Veterinary Policy Research Foundation 

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

On Fundraising and Communications Committee of Mental Health Foundation

Secretary, RCVS Knowledge

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



None other than at RCVS

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

BA Hons English (Oxon)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Family member in mixed veterinary practice

Other relevant information

Member of Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Member of Institute of Regulation

Member of International Veterinary Regulators Network

Leadership Ambassador for Memberwise

Member of Professional Associations Research Network

Member of MemCom