Michael Lavery, CEO

Michael has worked at a senior level in external relations since 2001, building on strong private sector and consultancy experience to lead award-winning professional teams delivering transformative impact across brand, strategic marketing, communications and external relations in the UK and internationally.

Latterly, Michael worked in Higher Education leadership for 12 years (as Executive Director at Teesside University and as Director of Marketing & Communications at Durham University UK), and prior to that as Head of MarComms for a FTSE 100 retail plc; leading brand and rebrand strategies, global marketing campaigns, sustained growth in recruitment and philanthropic incomes, and achieving global PR coverage & brand profile.

He is an adviser to the House of Lords, a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), and a long-standing member (and multiple-awards recipient) of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Michael and his family live in the shadow of The Angel of The North in Gateshead, North-East England. He is a Freeman of the City of Newcastle, an ambassador of a children’s charity, the Chairman of an arts organisation and the director of a digital social enterprise, a Newcastle United season ticket-holder, and an active musician and writer.


Working with Michael is a small, hand-picked team of associate consultants and experts of national and international renown in specialist disciplines including leadership, digital media, market intelligence, culture, and fundraising. We will work with you and your team to deliver an intelligent, insightful and responsive service of the highest quality.