Eleanor Mills

Editorial Director, The Sunday Times


Eleanor Mills is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, and also Chair of Women in Journalism. She writes a weekly column in the News Review section of the paper on social affairs as well as one in Home on how we live now. 

Eleanor is proud to be a winner of the International Alliance of Women World of Difference Awards for her “contribution to the economic empowerment of women” and was one of four journalists to be shortlisted for Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2012

She appears regularly on television, reviewing the papers on Sky News, Lorraine, This Morning etc and on radio – Woman’s Hour, BBC London, LBC etc.

In 2009 she was appointed Saturday Editor of The Times in charge of a major relaunch of the paper’s weekend edition, creating six new sections while running the Saturday paper day to day. 

In 2011, after returning to The Sunday Times she was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards for her long-form writing in the Sunday Times magazine (the commended entries were an interview with Banksy, an intimate portrait of Samantha Cameron and a piece about women in China). 

Publications include Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: the best journalism by women from the last 100 Years, published by Constable and Robinson.

For ten years Eleanor edited the News Review section of the Sunday Times and was the most senior woman on the paper. As Focus editor, she was in charge of the Sunday Times’s coverage of the biggest breaking news stories of the week, and as the paper’s main interviewer she interrogated everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Charlton Heston. 

Eleanor was the youngest ever Features Editor of The Daily Telegraph, aged only 26, and worked before that for the Guardian and The Observer. Her first job was at Tank World magazine – the world’s premier, bulk liquid transportation publication, but she got sick of writing 2000 word features about gratings (the ladders that go up the outside of tank containers). 

She takes great pleasure in giving inspirational talks to women at all stages of their careers. She is a UK Director of the Centre for Work/Life Policy think tank based in New York.

Eleanor is 41 and lives in London and the Cotswolds with her husband and two young daughters.

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