Keith Mills

Sir Keith Edward Mills GBE DL (born 15 May 1950) is an English entrepreneur and deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sir Keith Mills

Keith Mills in London 2010-07
Mills in July 2010
BornMay 1950 (age 69)
ResidenceKent, England
Net worthIncrease £125 million
Maureen Mills (m. 1974)

Early life

Mills was born in Brentwood. He attended Brentwood St Martin's County Secondary School for Boys on Hanging Hill Lane in Hutton, Brentwood.


Mills worked for over twenty years in marketing and advertising. Having left school with no qualifications, he started with The Economist at the age of fifteen as a copy assistant and then at the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle, where he was responsible for their marketing programmes. From there he moved into advertising in London. In 1981, he led a management buyout of the London office of the New York-based company Nadler & Larimer, becoming the chief executive. In 1985 he found Mills, Smith & Partners. He was also a non-executive director at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club but stepped down in January 2016.[1]

In 2011, Mills was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Bath[2]

Loyalty cards

Mills is chiefly known for inventing the Air Miles (in 1988) and Nectar Card (in 2002) loyalty card schemes.

Air Miles

Air Miles was set up in 1988 when Mills started the Loyalty Management Group, then known as Air Miles International Group BV. He had the idea in 1987 when working at his advertising agency, which had Shell and British Caledonian as clients who were looking to make the most of their customer base without devaluing the image of the products. People would buy Air Miles from Shell petrol to use on British Caledonian. He approached British Airways and they liked the idea. He then sold similar ideas in the United States and Canada, moving to the United States in 1990. In 1993, the US Air Miles system collapsed, costing him £15m. In 1994, his 49% sharehold of the scheme was sold to British Airways, although he still retains the intellectual property rights.

Nectar Card

Loyalty Management UK was started in 2001, which produced the Nectar Card in September,[3] 2002. In December 2007, the company was sold for £350m to the Canadian company Aeroplan, in which he had 46% of sharehold, netting £160m.


From September 2003, he became Chief Executive and International President of the London 2012 campaign which saw London selected as host for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He served as Deputy Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. At the end of the project Mills was awarded the Olympic Order.[4]

Coutts AIG action

The same month that Loyalty Management UK was sold, Mills bought £73m of the "enhanced fund" version of AIG Life "premier bonds" on the advice of Coutts, the private bank owned by Royal Bank of Scotland. Coutts recommended to Mills that he place his money in AIG Life Premier Bonds as a way of protecting his capital.[5] They also said it would be a safe alternative to bank deposits and would earn a slightly better interest rate. Coutts said Mills' money would be safe, as AIG was the largest insurance company in the world, AA rated, and that the bonds would provide instant access to his money, just like a deposit account. Later, given the negative press reports about the future of AIG, Mills queried Coutts, in writing, the safety of keeping his money with AIG. Coutts replied that they did not have concerns about these bonds, so Mills retained them. AIG Life is a UK subsidiary of American International Group, the US insurer rescued by the US Federal Reserve on 16 September 2008.

Personal life

He married Maureen in 1974; they have two children and live near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Lady Mills supports her husband's charity work and support for sport, including the successful bid for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.[6]

He enjoys sailing; in 1999 he was member of a team captained by Alex Thomson that won the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. He founded Team Origin in 2007.


Mills was knighted in the 2006 New Year Honours in recognition of his services to sport. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Sir Keith Mills". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ HBR, 5 December 2005, 9-505-031
  4. ^ "Thank you, London! - Olympic News". 14 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  5. ^ Jones, Adam (28 July 2009). "Sir Keith counts the cost of a weak link". Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Cabinet Office (28 December 2012). "New Year Honours: New Year 2013 Honours List – Higher Awards" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  8. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 6.

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1960 New Year Honours (New Zealand)

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Air Miles

Air Miles (often stylized as AIR MILES) is the name of separately operated loyalty programs in Canada, the Netherlands and the Middle East. In Spain the plan is operated under the Travel Club name by Air Miles España, S.A.[1]. Points are earned on purchases at participating merchants and can be redeemed against flights with specific airlines. The plan was also operated in the United Kingdom until it was combined with BA Miles and Iberia Plus points and rebranded as Avios in November 2011.

Alex Thomson (sailor)

Alex Thomson (born 18 April 1974 in Bangor, Wales) is a British yachtsman.

Alex Thomson was helped early in his sailing career by Sir Keith Mills, the British businessman who ran London's victorious bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and set up with British America’s Cup campaign TEAMORIGIN. With Mills' backing, Thomson broke into the professional solo sailing circuit at a young age.

Thomson's Clipper Race win in 1999 made him the youngest skipper ever to win a round-the-world yacht race. As of February 2016 he still holds this record. He is an around the world solo sailor, and holds the 24-hour world speed sailing record for solo mono-hulls (537 nautical miles at an average speed of 22.4 knots).

Sponsored by Hugo Boss he took part in the Vendee Globe 2004/05 but was forced to retire after damage to the carbon fitting that attached the boom to the deck.

Started also 2008 (Retired - cracked hull), 2012 (3rd) and 2016 (2nd). During the latter edition, Thomson set new fastest reference times from Sables d'Olonne to the Equator (9 days 7 h 02 min) and Cape of Good Hope (17 days 22 h 58 min). However, 13 days into the race Hugo Boss's starboard foil broke after hitting an unidentified floating object, therefore hampering Alex's progress throughout the rest of the course. Of note, most of the race takes place on port tack, that is, the boat would have made good use of the missing starboard foil. Despite his foil and anemometer/autopilot problems, Thomson finished the race with the second fastest time on record - 74 days 19 h 35 min 15 sec, 16h behind Armel Le Cléac'h.

Bullets in the Gun (song)

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Cliff Wiley

Clifford 'Cliff' Wiley (born May 21, 1955) is a former American track and field athlete, who competed in the sprints events during his career. He is best known for winning the men's 400 metres event at the 1981 Athletics World Cup in Rome and the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas.

Invasion of South Georgia

The invasion of South Georgia, also known as the Battle of Grytviken, took place on 3 April 1982, when Argentine Navy forces seized control of the east coast of South Georgia after overpowering a small group of Royal Marines at Grytviken.

The Argentine intervention had begun on 19 March, when a group of civilian scrap metal workers illegally arrived at Leith Harbour on board the transport ship ARA Bahía Buen Suceso and raised the Argentine flag. The scrap workers had been infiltrated by Argentine marines posing as civilian scientists.

Keith Mills (Royal Marines officer)

Captain Keith Paul Mills, DSC (born June 1959) is a British Royal Marines officer who commanded the defence of South Georgia against the 1982 Argentine invasion.

Keith Mills (footballer)

Keith David Mills (born 29 December 1942 in Egham, Surrey) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League, as a right half.

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) was the organisation responsible for overseeing the planning and development of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was jointly established by the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Mayor of London and the British Olympic Association and was structured as a private company limited by guarantee. LOCOG worked closely with the publicly funded Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is responsible for the planning and construction of new venues and infrastructure.

The organising committee, which was not responsible for building permanent venues, reported spent £2.38 billion since winning the bid in 2005 and generated £2.41 billion. On 30 May 2013 it handed back to the government, Britain's Olympic committee and other beneficiaries a surplus of £30 million from the 2012 Games. The British Olympic Association received £5.3 million, the British Paralympic Association £2.6 million, and £20 million was returned to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Mills Peak (South Georgia)

Mills Peak is a peak 1 nautical mile (2 km) southwest of Cape Douglas, rising to 625 metres (2,050 ft) in the northern portion of Barff Peninsula, South Georgia.

It was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1988 for Lieutenant Keith Mills, commander of the Royal Marines platoon at King Edward Point at the Battle of Grytviken between the United Kingdom and Argentina, April 3, 1982.

Mothers and Fathers Matter

Mothers and Fathers Matter (MFM) was a campaign group in Ireland which was formed in September 2014 to oppose the Children and Family Relationships Bill. MFM also opposed the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.Members and spokespeople for MFM included Keith Mills, lawyer Evana Kirrane Boyle, Tom Finegan, anti-abortion campaigner Kate Bopp, ecologist Sam Shepard and David Quinn, of the Iona Institute pressure group. The group was chaired by economist Ray Kinsella.


Oxadiazoles are a class of heterocyclic aromatic chemical compound of the azole family; with the molecular formula C2H2N2O. There are four isomers of oxadiazole:

1,2,4-Oxadiazole, 1,2,5-oxadiazole, and 1,3,4-oxadiazole are all known and appear in a variety of pharmaceutical drugs including raltegravir, butalamine, fasiplon, oxolamine, and pleconaril.

The 1,2,3-isomer is unstable and ring-opens to form the diazoketone tautomer; however, it does exist within the unusual sydnone motif.

In 2018, a compound called bis(1,2,4-oxadiazole)bis(methylene) dinitrate which might have a 1.5 times the power of TNT was developed at the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) working with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Paula González

Sister Paula González, S.C., Ph.D., (October 25, 1932 - July 31, 2016) entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1954. She earned her doctorate in biology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, and was a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 21 years.

Since 1972, Sister Paula has been freelancing as a futurist and environmentalist, working for more than three decades to promote sustainable living. She supported the work of the Alternate Energy Association of Southwestern Ohio, including serving as president for a while. She has developed audiotape courses in Earth-healing; has written several articles and book chapters on ecospirituality, conservation, renewable energy, and spiritual ecology; and has reached thousands in person by giving over 1800 presentations.

Sister Paula designed and did much of the work of converting a former chicken barn into "La Casa del Sol," a 1,200 sq ft (110 m2) super-insulated, passive-solar house she shares with another Sister of Charity. When the temperature dropped below zero in the winter of 1985, the home temperature dropped to no lower than 50 degrees without any heater running. Sister Paula's success with solar energy earned her the nickname "Solar Nun."

Sister Paula founded EarthConnection, an environmental learning center where tours, internships, and environmental educational programs have been conducted. Located on the grounds of her congregation’s motherhouse, the EarthConnection Center was completed in 1995 and continues to showcase various renewable-energy technologies including daylighting, passive and active solar thermal, grid-tied photovoltaic, and geoexchange energy systems. The systems are not only impressive in their variety, but also notable for the unusual "solar-assisted geothermal" configuration, where summer heat is transferred from solar thermal collectors to an insulated bed of earth around the building for use the following winter.

The American Solar Energy Society's Ohio Chapter, Green Energy Ohio, gave Sister Paula their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

In 2007, Sister Paula and Keith Mills founded Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, a coalition of religious people responding to the climate-change crisis. Ohio Interfaith Power and Light is an affiliate of The Regeneration Project's national Interfaith Power and Light campaign, which has programs in 26 states involving over 4000 congregations (as of May 2008).

Salt tectonics

Salt tectonics, or halokinesis, or halotectonics, is concerned with the geometries and processes associated with the presence of significant thicknesses of evaporites containing rock salt within a stratigraphic sequence of rocks. This is due both to the low density of salt, which does not increase with burial, and its low strength.

Salt structures (excluding undeformed layers of salt) have been found in more than 120 sedimentary basins across the world.

Shire of Wellington

The Shire of Wellington is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 10,989 square kilometres (4,243 sq mi) and at the 2016 Census had a population of almost 43,000.

It includes the towns of Heyfield, Rosedale, Maffra, Sale, Stratford, Coongulla, Newry, Tinamba and Yarram. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Alberton, Shire of Avon, Shire of Maffra, City of Sale and parts of the Shire of Rosedale.The Shire is governed and administered by the Wellington Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Sale, it also has service centres located in Maffra, Stratford and Rosedale. The Shire is named after a major geographical feature in the region, Lake Wellington, which is located in the south-east of the LGA.

St Martin's School, Brentwood

St Martin's School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Hutton area of Brentwood, Essex, England.It used to be a separate boys and girls school but these were combined together in the 1970s to make one co-educational school on the same site. The school is named after Saint Martin who was a Roman soldier who performed a miracle. The school converted to academy status on 1 July 2011.

Team Origin

Team Origin was Great Britain's bid to compete in the 33rd and 34th America's Cups. It was launched in January 2007 but stopped running the racing team in 2010. The syndicate was founded by Sir Keith Mills, also known for being the deputy chairman for the organizing committee of the London 2012 Olympic bid. Grant Simmer was the CEO and the team competed under the burgee of the Royal Thames Yacht Club.

Britain's involvement in the America's Cup dates back to the very start when the Aurora was second in the original race won by America in 1851. Britain has unsuccessfully challenged many times since.

Ben Ainslie went on to form Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) in 2012 to compete in the 2017 America's Cup.

The Royale

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Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, Riker, Data, and Worf become trapped in a strange hotel on a planet otherwise incapable of supporting human life.

Will Campuzano

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