The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture: Lord Browne of Madingley

Lord Browne of Madingley
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
St Anne's College
Woodstock Road
Venue details

Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Disabled access?
Booking required

St Anne's College, the University of Oxford and GiveOut are delighted to announce that the second Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture will be given by Lord Browne of Madingley, the most senior British businessperson to have come out as LGBT+.

The lecture will take place on Friday 17 June in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre in St Anne's College, University of Oxford, from 17:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture will be introduced by Helen King QPM, Principal of St Anne's College, and Lord Browne will be in conversation with David Isaac CBE, Provost of Worcester College and formerly Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016-2020) and Chair of Stonewall (2003-2012).

Registration for the lecture is encouraged but not required for attendance.


Lord Browne of Madingley is the most senior British businessperson to have come out as LGBT+. He was the Chief Executive of British Petroleum (BP) between 1995 and 2007, where he massively expanded and diversified BP's core business. Nicknamed 'The Sun King' for his management style and taste for luxury, Lord Browne resigned from BP after 41 years when he was outed by tabloid newspapers and a former partner. He has since written and lectured to improve diversity in the corporate world. As well as chairing numerous businesses, research institutions and cultural venues (from the Donmar Warehouse theatre to the Francis Crick Institute) he served as the President of the Royal Society of Engineering from 2006 to 2011. He was knighted in 1988 and granted a peerage in 2001.


The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures are named in honour of Michael Dillon, an Oxford alumnus who was the first person to undergo hormone treatment and surgery for a transition from female to male. Announced in November 2020 with an online panel event 'LGBT+ Rights in a Time of Pandemic', the Dillon Lectures are given by LGBT+ individuals from professions other than academia who have reached a position of outstanding achievement in their field. The lectures, which happen twice yearly, aim to shape the national and international conversation about LGBT+ issues. The inaugural lecture was given by Maggi Hambling CBE in Michaelmas Term 2021. You can watch the online announcement event for the lectures, which features more information about Michael Dillon and our aims for the series, here.

More information about Michael Dillon's life and legacy can be found in 'Michael Dillon: A Biographical Exhibition', curated by the St Anne's College Library, here.

The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures are organised in partnership with GiveOut, an award-winning LGBT+ community foundation enabling LGBT+ people and their advocates to give in one place to support LGBT+ activism worldwide. More information about GiveOut can be found on their website, here.