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Millfield produces a vast array of high-flying professionals and the Old Millfieldian of the Year Awards was instigated in 2000 to acknowledge and reward those who have progressed to achieve greatness in a wide range of fields spanning service, academia, business, the arts and sport.

Over the last fifteen years outstanding OMs have received honours for their roles as authors, international sportsmen and Olympic champions, media personalities, West End and film directors, gardeners, musicians, national and industrial leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, pioneering doctors, charity and humanitarian workers, among others.

A packed Johnson Hall witnessed the 15th OM of the Year Awards Ceremony on 21 November. The audience, made up of Old Millfieldians, Governors, teaching staff and present pupils and present heard anecdotes from the four awardees’ time at Millfield and life beyond.

Speaking with great pride about the recipients John Davies, Secretary of the OM Society said: “We have over 20,000 OMs on our database and to date we’ve only honoured 55 OMs. Thus, for these four OMs to be selected for this year’s awards is a colossal achievement.”

Lissa did remarkably well during her time at Millfield. She was hard-working and a good leader in her role of Head of Oaklands. She was also a national standard swimmer, one of the reasons she joined the school.

On leaving Millfield, Lissa went to the Universities of Manchester, Goldsmiths and Sussex, emerging with a BA and MA and an MSc in social research. She continued her studying to obtain diplomas in events management and public relations, as well as for teaching English as a foreign language.

With these qualifications and experience, in 2008 Lissa founded and became director of her charity BEGAP – Bright Eyes Global Action Project.

Her charity partners with locally run, grassroots organisations and communities creating a platform which enables young people to reach their goals. BEGAP does this by conducting research, providing consultation, helping with project management, fundraising and recruiting skilled volunteers. 

Lissa is also currently supervising a community café initiative with the Sussex Archaeological Society, which employs volunteers from the community who would otherwise be deemed unemployable: people who are inexperienced, in recovery from illness, autistic and those with mental health issues.

She is also in the process of setting up a social enterprise that combines school expeditions with a year-long programme to develop specific skills, to introduce young people to charity work, as well as inspiring them to consider setting up their own social enterprises.

On receiving her award Lissa said she felt ‘very honoured’ to be named an Old Millfieldian of the Year, and thanked the school and teachers who she said opened her eyes to many experiences and laid the foundations of her life.

Tim grew up in West Wales and entered Millfield in 1977 as a boarder at Kingweston. His mother was a PE teacher and enrolled him on a summer rugby holiday course at Millfield in the hope that someone would spot his athletic talent.

Former tutor and 1st XV rugby coach, Rod Speed persuaded his father to send him to Millfield – “it was to become a life changing decision for the Griffiths family”, as Tim put it.

Both Tim's children were educated at Millfield, and both are now at university. Tim is reported as saying: “We all had a wonderful education at Millfield and I am so grateful for Rod Speed's intervention when I was a teenager.”

Tim’s crowning achievement and proudest moment at Millfield was selection for the England U19 rugby team.

Tim went on to study at Durham University before starting work at a small family-owned printing company in London. At the age of 28, Tim bought into the business and, over the next 15 years, transformed it into a $2 billion global marketing services organization with 12,500 people operating in 40 Countries across the world.

Tim finally sold the business to DHL in 2012 and for a time focused on his other passions: his arable and sheep farms in Hampshire, a renaissance vineyard in Bordeaux, an English language business in China and on his beloved Llanelli Scarlets, a rugby club that he helped save from oblivion in 2008.

Not content with a career that has presented so many challenges and experiences, Tim has recently returned to the fray as co-investor and Chief Executive Officer of CPA Global, a world leading Intellectual Property management business based in the Channel Islands. And now this, too, is expanding rapidly to countries all over the world.

In addition to all this, Tim is a Director of the Millfield Foundation. This important group raises funds to support scholarships at the school. Tim was lucky enough to enter Millfield with the support of a bursary and he wants to do his best to ensure that future talented Millfield pupils can also enjoy that same benefit.

On receiving his award Tim credited his time at Millfield for his ability and confidence to communicate with others, and praised the ‘wonderful global network of Millfield’. He advised current and future pupils to take advantage of every aspect of life at such a ‘fantastic establishment’.
Michael spent 5 years at Joan’s Kitchen up to 1988. His reports suggest that he worked capably and hard. During his time at Millfield he played most sports and was a second team swimmer.

Michael went on to gain a BA in politics and history and an MSc in economics and is now widely regarded as one of the UK’s foremost campaigners for enterprise.

He is co-founder of Seven Hills, the highly acclaimed campaigns company, which represents many of the UK’s most respected business leaders. It has just been awarded Corporate Consultancy of the Year 2014. In addition, it’s become the Santander Breakthrough 50 winner this year also.

Michael is also co-founder of “StartUp Britain”, the national initiative for early-stage enterprise launched by the Prime Minister and fully supported by HM Government.

He also co-founded HRH the Duke of York’s advocacy group for entrepreneurs. In addition, he’s chairman of entrepreneurs at the private bank Coutts. And he’s an Advisory Board Member for the National Business Awards.

Michael has worked at the heart of the national enterprise effort assisting the Department for Business on the development of various initiatives and he sits on the management board of the “Small Business Charter”.

Michael is a non-executive director of Creative Sheffield, a member of Festivals Edinburgh, and has also served as a Non-Executive Director with the City of Westminster and as a commissioner on the City Finance Commission Inquiry into the Future of Cities.

He is the Daily Telegraph’s Enterprise Columnist, and writes weekly on issues relating to small business, leadership and the economy.

He is also an accomplished event interviewer and MC. He has interviewed figures as diverse as the musician Will.i.am, HRH the Duke of York, Dragons' Den entrepreneur Peter Jones, Olympic chairman Lord Coe, as well as the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

He was recently selected as one of GQ Magazine’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2014, and was awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List - for services to enterprise promotion, entrepreneurship and education.

Michael reflects on his years at Millfield as a ‘phenomenal start’ that ‘set the tone’ of his future life, and remains a strong part of his identity to this day.
Charles and his sister both attended Millfield Prep and Millfield for nine years.

Charles was a very intelligent boy but, in his early days, not a model of good behaviour. In fact, in his final year, his group tutor reported that: “Charles appeared to be bright, cheerful and bursting with self-confidence after he had taken his examinations. He has certainly made a great effort in all subjects, with the sole exception of Geography. In fact, he has been so busy working that he has not had time to get into as much mischief as previously.”

In addition, his Housemaster explained that he had played enthusiastically for the School at football, cricket and rugby, though as he put it “somewhat wildly at times”.

In 1989, he entered the world of luxury toiletries as Sales and Marketing Director with Molton Brown. He developed a flagship Mayfair HQ, introduced a much wider range of products and expanded all over the world, ultimately in over 70 countries. As a result, Charles became Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of the company. In 2005, Molton Brown was sold for £172m.

Charles continued as a very successful businessman with Erno Laszlo, another luxury skincare company based in Canada and New York. He very quickly became Executive Chairman of the company. This was another success story involving the development of hundreds of shops in Germany, Italy, the US, HK and Taiwan.

Charles also became involved in charitable work. From 2006 to 2012, he became Executive Director and Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and raised £320m towards the redevelopment appeal.

In 2006 he also supported the “Life and Deaf Speech and Language Therapy” project, which aims to develop deaf children’s self-esteem through using poetry as a form of expression.

He was a Trustee of the genetic research charity “Jeans for Genes” from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, he was appointed Trustee and Chairman of the African Orphan’s charity “Sentebale” established by Prince Harry in memory of his late mother.
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