John Frederick Mills CBE, MA, B.Litt
John Mills had a lengthy public service career in the UK, Hong Kong and Jersey, holding a range of senior positions including as a member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and as a director at the Office of Fair Trading. In the 1990s he forsook Whitehall for local government, becoming chief executive of Cornwall County Council. From there he was recruited to the role of chief executive (Policy and Resources) in Jersey, the senior post in the States administration. He ended his full-time career in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London, where he was Director of Rural Policy.
Over the last ten years John has held a variety of non-executive roles in Jersey and in the UK. He was a Commissioner of the Financial Services Commission from 2009-14 and is the Jersey based director of Ports of Jersey Ltd and the Jersey-based director of the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman. Honorary roles in Jersey have included membership of the States Members Remuneration Review Body from 2011-17 and Tax Commissioner of Appeal (2009 – 2017), from which latter role he has stepped down upon appointment as Charity Commissioner.
As a governor of a large educational charity in London from 1993-2017 (chairman of the trustees 1999-2017) John gained considerable experience of charity governance and public benefit delivery in a regulated environment akin to that which has now commenced in Jersey. His roles, in Cornwall and at Defra especially, brought him into close contact with a wide range of charities and voluntary organisations, small and large, including those delivering public sector contracts.
John was educated at Highgate School, London, and the University of Oxford, where he was awarded first-class honours in the School of Modern History and subsequently read for a research degree in medieval English history. He is a sometime Senior Scholar of Merton College, Oxford.