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John Mills – Biographical Details

Contact Details:

Full name: John Angus Donald Mills


John Mills Ltd, JML House, Regis Road, London, NW5 3EG.

Tel: 020 7691 3800 * Fax: 020 7691 3834 * Mobile: 07831 885619



72 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NR

Tel: 020 7387 0398 * Fax: 020 7388 3454 * Mobile: 07831 885619


Personal Details:

British nationality. Born 8th May 1938, in London.


Various primary schools. Secondary school: Trinity College, Glenalmond; University: Merton College, Oxford. MA Oxon. Honours degree in Philosophy,  Politics and Economics, specialising in Economic History and Statistics, graduating in 1961.

Business Career:

Self employed for nearly fifty years, after a brief spell as a management trainee with Unilever. Currently Chairman and majority shareholder of an import-export and distribution company, John Mills Limited (JML), with subsidiary companies and trading relations in much of the world, especially Europe, the Far East and North America. Annual turnover is approximately £100m. JML has been featured in the Sunday Times as being one of the fastest growing companies in profitability terms in the UK retail sector.

Public Service:

Elected member for the Labour Party in Camden, a large London borough, more or less continuously from 1971 to 2006. Responsible for much of this time for the £800m budget of the Council, which was voted Council of the Year in 2003. Chair or Opposition Leader at national local government level for nine years on Housing with the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the London Boroughs Association. Deputy Chairman 1985 to 1987 of the London Docklands Development Corporation. Parliamentary candidate twice in 1974 and for the European Parliament in 1979. Secretary of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign since 1975 and the Labour Economic Policy Group since 1985. Committee member of the Economic Research Council since 1997 and now Vice-Chairman. Chairman of The People’s Pledge campaign for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership.


Author of Growth and Welfare: A New Policy for Britain (Martin Robertson and Barnes and Noble 1972), Monetarism or Prosperity? (with Bryan Gould and Shaun Stewart: Macmillan 1982), Tackling Britain’s False Economy (Macmillan 1997)  Europe’s Economic Dilemma (Macmillan 1998), America’s Soluble Problems (Macmillan 1999), Managing the World Economy (Palgrave Macmillan 2000), A Critical History of Economics (Palgrave Macmillan 2002 and Beijing Commercial Press 2006; this book has been translated into Mandarin is widely used in Chinese universities), Exchange Rate Alignments (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)and a large number of pamphlets, tracts, reviews  and articles.

Other Interests:       

Aviation, family, music, cinema, tennis and opera and theatre. Owner of  a house near Avignon in the South of France.

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