MK College Principal and MKBLP Board Director, Dr Julie Mills OBE, retires

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Last week, Milton Keynes College Group bid farewell to Principal and CEO, Dr Julie Mills OBE bringing an end to a thirty-two year career as a teacher and leader.  

Julie has also been a long standing MKBLP Board Director and, in line with her retirement plans, she now leaves this position.  

Dr Mills first joined the College in 1990 as a finance lecturer.  After progressing to the role of the College’s deputy head of education at nearby HMP Woodhill, she led a bid for a contract to provide offender learning in multiple prisons around the country.  Milton Keynes College is still one of the key contractors today looking after various institutions. 


During her tenure, Dr Mills has overseen the transformation of the College into a group which beyond Further Education and offender learning now includes the South Central Institute of Technology at Bletchley, which provides training for a thousand people a year with the tech skills in shortest supply in the region. 

Alongside her work running the College and overseeing its receipt of a “good” Ofsted grade, Dr Mills, is a highly respected thinker and doer in the areas of education, skills, social justice and diversity.  She was formerly named Principal of the Year by the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) and has also served as chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation and of Women Leaders UK. She is a champion for all things Milton Keynes, an ardent fan of the Milton Keynes Dons and a trustee of the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust.  Dr Mills was recognized with an OBE in the Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours List. 

As Vice Chair of Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership, Julie has played a pivotal role in building our diverse network of members and will be greatly missed, however we wish her all the very best for her retirement.