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30+ years of retail, brand, marketing and PR experience championing some of the beauty industry’s most exciting brands. 


Founder and first CEO of the British Beauty Council. Commissioned groundbreaking industry reports: The Value of Beauty, Diversity & Inclusivity, The Courage to Change. Established the Sustainable Beauty Coalition, who created the Planet Positive Beauty Guide. Launched British Beauty Week and Next British Beauty Brand. 


Set up shop and e-commerce site BeautyMART with Anna-Marie Solowij (2012). Launched Aveda (1993) into Harvey Nichols. Launched beauty accessories brand Tweezerman via mail order (1991) and opened the first beauty concession in Space NK that same year. Introduced Shu Uemura (1990) to the European market.


Founded BRANDstand Communications, a PR and digital marketing agency based in central London, with partners Anna-Marie Solowij and Andrew Perera. Offering dynamic PR, digital marketing, brand strategy and dedicated solutions to UK based emerging and established beauty brands.


Developed and marketed renegade namesake make-up brand Ruby & Millie with partner Ruby Hammer in 1996. The brand launched August 4th 1998 in Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, 3 months later rolled out in 24 Boots the Chemist stores with a further roll out to 114 locations nationwide. Launched tween-and-teen make-up line Scarlett and Crimson (2009) at Superdrug. Has consulted and co-developed many founder-led brands.


Columnist for Co-author (with Ruby Hammer) of Face Up – the essential make-up handbook.



Adept at using all media channels to generate a buzz, launch a brand or champion a cause.


Millie has worked collaboratively on the following recent campaigns

#OhHelloBeauty, #ChopTheVat, Beauty Backed, Courage to Change, Value of Beauty, #beautyonthebrink

more podcasts +


Hard working, loyal and creative, a serial entrepreneur with a “why not” attitude. Passionate about gender equality, policy and advocacy.

a little about me

  • An ideas generator – I love to make things happen.
  • Workaholic by week – I take my downtime seriously.
  • Renegade by nature – I believe boundaries exist to be broken.
  • Forward-thinking, outspoken, change maker, opinion former.
  • Mum of two amazing kids.

board positions

Advisory Board member at Beauty Bulb. Trustee of Haircuts 4 Homeless. Member of the NewBeauty Brain Trust. Advocate of Menopause Mandate.



OBE for services to the hair and beauty industry (2022), MBE for longstanding contribution to the cosmetics industry (2007), Society of Cosmetic Scientists Medal Lecture (2018), Get the Gloss Beauty and Wellness Award (2020). Marie Claire Hair Awards UK winner (2021). BABTAC Inspiring Beauty Awards, Honourable Mention. Pure Beauty Awards (2021), Achiever of the Year award.


BABTAC Inspiring Beauty award
Marie Claire Hair Awards Winner 2021 UK
BABTAC Inspiring Beauty award


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