He was the Liberal Democrat Leader of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) from 2005 to 2007. As such he took political responsibility for all Executive Councillors' portfolios and deputizes for other Executive Councillors. Millard took over as leader of the council from Mark Hunter after Hunter's byelection success beating Stephen Day in 2005.
He died on 4 July 2009 at the age of 71 and had recently been elected Deputy Chairman of the local Fire Authority.
Until his death, Millard represented the Cheadle and Gatley Ward, he was re-elected on Thursday 4 May 2006 with a majority of several hundred votes.
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