Clare Mills, Vice Chair
Clare is the Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement at Wiltshire Police, where she heads up a team of 15 staff. She is responsible for the development of the Force strategic internal, external and digital communication and engagement approach and leads on organisational Reward and Recognition as part of her busy portfolio.
Clare has over 20 years' experience in police communications, has been an APComm Vice Chair for over 3 years and is hugely passionate about public service comms.
After graduating with a BA Hons in English and Art, Clare worked for four years in events management, before joining Northamptonshire Police in 1999 as part of the Public Relations and Media team where she held several distinct roles. In 2003, she moved to Bedfordshire Police, then joined Wiltshire Police in 2007 moving into the Head of Comms role in 2011. Between 2012 and 2020, Clare headed up a shared service team of communications professionals across the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Wiltshire Police, so has a lot of experience in the broader communications requirements across the wider crime and justice arena.
Further to a recent restructure, implemented by her, Clare's role now focuses on police comms specifically, which is her true passion. Clare leads the communications for critical incidents, gold groups and other strategic issues and ensures that media, public relations, internal staff engagement and digital communications are managed and delivered effectively and efficiently.
Clare was responsible for heading up the strategic communications and media approach for the inquiry into allegations of non-recent child abuse against the late Sir Edward Heath. She has also more recently led the significant communications and media for the local response to the Salisbury poisonings, which saw Wiltshire Police lead in the bringing together of multiple partners at both a local and national level to co-ordinate the response phase of the consequence management element of this global incident.
Clare leads on wellbeing for the association and, along with fellow Vice Chair, Caroline Tozer, has led on the development of the new APComm website. Clare relishes the opportunity to support members across the country and is privileged to be part of the APComm executive committee.