Kevin Lockyer is the Director and founder of KML Consulting.

Kevin has worked in prison and probation management, central government and the voluntary sector for 25 years. He has a strong track record in operational management, delivering large organisational change, commissioning services, and advising Ministers on policy and practice.

Kevin governed three prisons and has experience of a wide range of custodial environments – from a large, high security prison holding the most dangerous prisoners in the prison system to the development and implementation of specialist regimes for young prisoners aged 15-21 years. His experience and expertise covers the management of risk, security and an effective focus on rehabilitation and reducing reoffending.

He has also held a key regional position in the National Offender Management Service, developing a commissioning structure across England’s largest region – helping to drive improvements in performance and integration across prison and probation services in the south west of the country. He implemented innovative approaches to reducing re-offending, bringing together a range of government and other agencies to pursue shared, cross-agency targets and plans.

Kevin has also held senior roles in the National Offender Management Service, in particular holding responsibility for:

  • tactical and strategic management of the prison population, including advising government ministers on operational and policy implications
  • commissioning and performance management of large scale operational contracts, including for electronic monitoring of offenders and prisoner transport and escorting services
  • acting as SRO for large scale change programmes.

In the voluntary sector, Kevin was Operations Director for Nacro, a crime reduction charity with a turnover of more than £60m and was chief executive of Nacro Housing, a housing association specialising in providing high intensity supported housing for offenders and those at high risk of offending.

Kevin is an expert on designing and implementing programmes to reduce re-offending; is experienced in managing change; has a track record of working with government Ministers on high profile, politically sensitive issues; and is an expert on the use of electronic monitoring for offenders in the community.

Kevin currently provides consultancy services to voluntary, public and private sector organisations on criminal justice matters and on reducing re-offending. He is a trustee of a charity providing information and advice to the public on a range of social policy issues and is a non-executive Director of a large Housing Association in his home county of Lincolnshire.


BA(Hons) – Politics
MBA – Warwick Business School
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Criminology – Cambridge University
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts