Obituary: Neil Mills, ‘the Pope’ of Lloyd’s

The Lloyds building in London

According to a Sunday Times obituary, Mills was considered an upstart by the old guard at Lloyd’s when he joined the market in 1948 with Bland Welch, a small insurance broker with a staff of 38. Mills, who originally intended to train as a barrister, was endowed with certain virtues that made him a key figure in the London insurance market. These included “formidable drive and a forceful presence, which in his prime could be intimidating”, the Times reported. That, with his religious convic