Sir Lloyd Dorfman
Sir Lloyd is a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist known for founding Travelex Group, with diverse business interests, a strong presence in charitable organisations, numerous prestigious honours, and affiliations, and a distinguished personal background.
Sir Lloyd is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder of the Travelex Group, the world’s largest retailer of foreign exchange which he started in 1976 from one small shop in central London. The business was sold in 2015.
He has a variety of other business interests. He is the Chairman and co-founder (2014) of Doddle, the e-Commerce IT Platform. He is also Chairman of Dorfman Media Holdings, formed in 2018, a media company focused on film and TV finance, production and related service companies.
He is a shareholder and Board Director of the London Theatre Company andsits on the Business Advisory Board of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He was the Chairman and majority shareholder of The Office Group, the leading flexible office company from 2010 until its sale to Blackstone in 2017. He still retains a separate significant flexible office portfolio.
In the charity sector, he is Vice-President of Prince’s Trust International, having been Chairman from December 2015 to December 2021. He was also Chairman of the Prince’s Trust from 2015 to 2018, having joined the charity’s Council (Board) in 2007.
In addition, he became Chairman of the Royal Opera House in 2022, having served as a Trustee since 2015. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Community Security Trust and a Trustee of UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.
He served on the Board of the National Theatre for over nine years and one of its theatres, the Cottesloe, was renamed the Dorfman Theatre in 2013. He was a Trustee of BAFTA from 2017 – 2023, a Governor of St Paul’s School from 2005 to 2016, a Trustee of the Royal Academy Trust from 2014 – 2022, Chairman of the Roundhouse from 2007 to 2010, Trustee of JW3 from 2007 to 2019.
He is Vice-President of five of the charities with which he has been previously involved: Prince’s Trust International, JW3, St Paul’s School, The Roundhouse and West London Synagogue.
In 2022 he was awarded a CVO in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2018, he was awarded a Knighthood for services to Philanthropy and the Arts, following his appointment as CBE in 2008 for services to Business and Charity. In 2011, he was awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy.
He is the Honorary Colonel of the Third Battalion of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. He is also a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Mercers’ Company, an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.
He is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, White’s and The Garrick Club. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.
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