Lizzie Lockett has been named as the new chief executive officer of the The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), following a meeting of RCVS Council on Thursday 2 November 2017.
Lizzie joined the College as head of communications in February 2005 following a career in marketing and public relations, including a period as managing director of a marketing agency.
As head of communications she oversaw a number of major projects including the launch of the Practice Standards Scheme in 2006; a major overhaul of the College’s design and branding in 2011; the joint British Veterinary Association Vet Futures project in 2014; and the establishment of the Mind Matters mental health initiative in 2015.
She was appointed as director of strategic communications in November 2015 and deputy CEO in September 2016. When Nick Stace left the position of CEO at the end of September 2017 she took over as acting CEO.
RCVS president Professor Stephen May said: “This was a very rigorous recruitment process with a very strong field of candidates and so it is a testament to Lizzie’s abilities and achievements that she saw off all the opposition.
“For some time Lizzie has been involved in setting the direction of the College through the Strategic Plan and the initiatives and projects that she has managed, which really have had a very tangible impact on the profession.
“For example, the Vet Futures project has encouraged the profession to think more strategically about the issues that are facing it and how to achieve constructive solutions, while the Mind Matters Initiative has helped get veterinary mental health further up the agenda and reduced the stigma that many feel about it.
“Her drive and her passion has really pushed these projects forward and I believe she will bring this to the role of CEO.”
Lizzie Lockett said: “I am delighted and feel honoured to have been chosen to take the College forward into its next stage of development. I see the Council’s choice of an internal candidate, able to maintain momentum for change and help the College continue on our current strategic path, as an endorsement of the amazing work of the staff at Belgravia House.
“Under Nick Stace’s leadership, the College achieved some really excellent things for the profession, the public, and animal health and welfare, and I look forward to our next exciting chapter.”