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Our
Committee

APComm is run by an elected Executive Committee, made up of volunteers who are members currently working within police communications.

Your APComm Executive members are:

Kate Quilley, Co-Chair

Kate Quilley, Co-Chair

kate.quilley@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

It is Kate's great pleasure and privilege to have been the Co-Chair of APComm for nearly three years. She is also currently the Head of Corporate Communications for Warwickshire Police, appointed to this role in October 2019.

After graduating, Kate started her professional career working as a Communications Assistant for an environmental charity before training as a journalist while working for a weekly newspaper series in Northamptonshire. She then went on to work in a number of specialist roles at the Derby Evening Telegraph, particularly enjoying her time as court reporter.

In 2006, she joined Derbyshire Constabulary as a Press Officer where her policing career got off to a flying start working within a busy communications team dealing with everything from major incidents to force-wide campaigns.

Kate moved to Warwickshire Police on promotion to the post of Senior Press Officer in 2008 and immediately loved working within another incredibly friendly and inviting police force. In this role, she led the response to high profile murder investigations and subsequent criminal proceedings, internal and external engagement campaigns and supported a small team of Press Officers.

Over the following years, Warwickshire Police entered into a strategic alliance arrangement working with West Mercia Police and in 2012, Kate was successful at applying and being appointed as the new Head of Corporate Communications for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police. This was a hugely challenging position working to build a new team to provide wholescale communication services to both forces. Leading a large Corporate Communications function, delivering operational and organisational communications both internally and externally, this role included the management of media relations, public and stakeholder relations, digital communications, internal communications, reputation management and the marketing of policing services.

Overseeing significant function and organisational changes, she continued within this role until the termination of the strategic alliance in 2019 when Kate moved back to Warwickshire Police to her current position.

With 15 years of service in policing, Kate is extremely proud of the organisation she works within and is passionate about putting the public at the heart of services she delivers.

Clare Mills, Vice Chair

Clare Mills, Co-Chair

clare.mills@wiltshire.police.uk

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.

Cerri Evans, Secretary

Cerri Evans, Secretary

Biography to follow

Lucy Bogustawski, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Lucy Bogustawski, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Lucy.bogustawski@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Lucy joined APComm as Treasurer in the spring of 2020, around the same time she was appointed Head of Corporate Communications at Lincolnshire Police.

Her role for APComm involves handling the finances, responsibility for membership renewals and forecasting future expenditures and revenue streams.

In Lincolnshire, she is responsible for a team of communications officers, graphic designers, engagement leads and an audio-visual department. Lincolnshire is a large county, mainly rural, with pockets of urban communities. Like many other forces and their communications departments, it shares lots of common traits with others but is unique in itself.

Lucy is your point of contact for APComm if you have any questions about your membership subs or details, and/or any questions about how APComm decides what projects or work the budget is spent on.

Jonathan Evans, Vice Chair

Jonathan Evans, Vice Chair

jonathan.evans@cheshire.police.uk

Jon joined Cheshire Police in 2016 and has since held various roles across the corporate communications department.

He began as a Senior Internal Communications Officer, was later seconded to the role of Communications Manager and now holds the position of Internal Communications Manager.

Some of the key communication areas he has led on during this time include the Covid pandemic, improving the force’s performance in crime recording and technological change.

In recent years there has been a real focus on internal communications across both the public and private sectors, and Jon is hoping to use his position as APComm Vice Chair to help to build a stronger national network for internal communicators and ensure we all share our skills to keep policing at the forefront of this area of business.

Since June 2021 he has also directly reported to Chief Constable Mark Roberts in the busy and high-profile world of football policing.
As National Communications Lead for Football Policing Jon deals with all national media enquiries, arranges interviews and briefings and delivers communication strategies with partners for key areas of work – including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Prior to joining the police he was a journalist for seven years, working across a range of regional national media titles in Wales, and following this also spent a couple of years working in communications for a national charity.

Helen Wilson, Vice Chair

Helen Wilson, Vice Chair

helen.wilson@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Helen is the Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement at Surrey Police, leading a department made up of four core functions; News, Strategic Communication, Engagement and Production. Since becoming the permanent Head in the summer of 2019 she has, for the first time in over a decade, secured extra funding to grow her team and is looking forward to seeing the new Engagement Team work closely with policing colleagues to enhance how they engage with all demographics of Surrey’s local communities.

Helen joined Surrey Police in January 2001 working as a Press Officer. Since joining she has worked across most disciplines within Corporate Communications, and at every level within the team. Over two decades there have been numerous challenging cases and events that she has worked on or led the communications for; Op Ruby (Milly Dowler murder); 2012 Olympics; Op Franklin (Floods) and the Magna Carta event to name just a few.

Originally from Northamptonshire, Helen moved to Southampton to study Journalism, completing her degree and a post-graduate qualification in Broadcast Journalism. Prior to joining Surrey Police she was a radio newsreader for the BBC and two independent radio stations before embarking on a career with Surrey Police.

In January 2020 Helen became one of the Vice Chairs of APComm and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the APComm Mentor Scheme which has about 30 communicators, nationally, benefiting from the experience of senior and seasoned communicators in policing. Helen has also developed the APComm membership calendar which is circulated monthly. If you are interested in learning more about the Mentor Scheme or if you are wanting to have something published in the calendar email helen.wilson@surrey.pnn.police.uk.

Sarah Whiteside, Vice Chair

Sarah Whiteside, Vice Chair

Sarah.Whiteside@college.police.uk

I have had a 20-year career in the public sector, mainly in education and skills, healthcare research and policing. I am currently the Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Manager within the Corporate Communications team at the College of Policing since 2017. I lead a team around strategic partnerships and engagement across police forces and policing stakeholders in England and Wales.

My skills and experience are predominantly in client relationship management, strategic marketing and communications, event planning and management, sponsorship negotiation, strategic partnerships development, stakeholder engagement, management and leadership, training, and workforce development.

I commenced the Vice Chair role at APComm in January 2023 to share my skills and experience with APComm to support fellow police communicators across the country. I will continue to contribute my knowledge and perspective as part of a national policing organisation aligned with forces and strategic stakeholders, and help apply the bigger picture.

When I’m not juggling work and being a Mum and Wife, I like to go on walks, I sing in a weekly musicians jam group, and my guilty pleasures (apart from good food and wine) are upcycling and charity shops.

 

Vicky O'Hare, Vice Chair

Vicky O'Hare, Vice Chair

vicky.ohare@thamesvalley.police.uk

I am the Strategic Communications Manager for Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). I have 13 years of experience in high-pressure public-sector roles and have extensive experience in crisis communications, media relations and reputation management.

I began my policing career with Hampshire Constabulary in 2010, after spending five years as a local journalist in roles including crime reporter and deputy news editor, then spending a year with a local authority working on change communications. Throughout my policing career, I have worked in a number of different communications roles - covering media relations, employee engagement, stakeholder management and campaigns. I have also developed and delivered bespoke training packages to trainee detectives, family liaison officers. I also created and implemented Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary’s first social media strategy.

I joined Thames Valley Police in 2018 on a two-year secondment, to develop a new communications capability for the south east regional units. Regional policing is a whole other world and I absolutely love being a part of it. This role has tested me in ways I didn’t know possible but also enabled me to learn from and share much of my knowledge, expertise and experience with communications professionals from across the country. I managed the communications response to the Reading terrorist attack in 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic and have also led work to create a crisis communications training package on behalf of the CTP communications network. I work closely with police communications colleagues nationally through the CTP and ROCU networks and have also previously supported other police communications teams on a mutual aid basis during the 2012 Olympics in London and the NATO Summit in Wales in 2014.

I have a partner who is a serving police officer and we are busy working parents to a seven-year-old boy. In my spare time I enjoy live music – especially festivals – reading, fashion and spending time with friends. I became a Vice Chair for APComm in January 2023.

Jonathan Ford, Vice Chair

Jonathan Ford, Vice Chair

Jonathan.FORD@suffolk.police.uk

I have over 15 years’ experience of working in police communications and my Senior News Officer role with Suffolk police sees me overseeing the day to day running of the corporate comms department and management of work, projects and requests that come in. I lead a team of nine people in a supervisory capacity and deputise for our Head of Comms in his absence - effectively I am a deputy comms manager.

My professional working career started after I had graduated with a NCTJ post graduate diploma working in a variety of local commercial and BBC radio stations. Since 2005 I have worked in press office environment – 10 years for Norfolk Constabulary including internal/external communications with the media/associated stakeholders. The highlights being a secondment to Suffolk to support the Op Sumac Steve Wright murder investigation where five women were murdered, and I also led the staff engagement/internal external comms to establish a joint CCR/Support Shared Service Centre with Norfolk. To widen my professional development in 2015 I joined Suffolk Highways/Kier working as a comms manager leading on internal/external comms, while in 2016 I was a comms manager for the two clinical commissioning groups in Suffolk, supporting two other staff and the two respective community engagement groups in terms of communication of health and social care in this NHS.

My enthusiasm for policing saw me return to police comms in 2017 to Suffolk and my current role. Highlights include leading on the comms for the Leading With Care initiative – the force’s leadership developmental programme, overseeing the local introduction of Project Servator – the national CT initiative and the external introduction of the force’s direct entry detective scheme. I also currently deliver training sessions to officers and staff including media interview techniques, social media training and FLO training to our wide and varied policing family. I also train and support the force’s nine community engagement police officers with their social media/media engagement & content.

Outside of my working role, I also sit as an assistant secretary/committee member of my son’s football club and I also enjoy playing badminton, golf and pool. I became a Vice Chair for APComm in January 2023.

Greg Miles, Vice Chair

Greg Miles, Vice Chair

greg.miles@met.police.uk

I am the Communications Lead at the NPCC’s Digital Public Contact programme and have worked in the media and communications industry since 2007.

After completing a National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification I started work in weekly newspapers, covering everything from court cases to 100th birthday celebrations around Sussex. A love of sport and specifically football also led to covering the occasional non-league football match and a new role as Sports Editor for a weekly title in Kent. A move into communications followed two years later, linking back to an interest in policing gained while covering court cases, with a media officer role at Surrey Police in 2014. I covered a range of roles in the Corporate Communications Department thereafter working on internal communications, before finally supervising the newsdesk.

At the start of the pandemic an opportunity arose to become staff officer for Surrey’s Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, supporting his national policing portfolios, including the Communications Advisory Group, Neighbourhood Policing portfolio, and the Social Media and Digital Engagement portfolio. In August 2022 I moved onto my current role supporting DPC, which as a programme is rolling out a number of national products for policing – including the Single Online Home websites. I became a Vice Chair for APComm in January 2023.

Robin Punt, Vice Chair

Robin Punt, Vice Chair

Robin.Punt@essex.police.uk

Robin Punt worked as a BBC Correspondent, reporting and producing for TV News for 13 years from the Afghanistan, Egypt, the USA, Australia, Europe and around the UK. He was the first reporter to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after his initial release from prison in London and the last reporter to walk the production line at the famous MG Rover factory in Birmingham. His journalism while at BBC Newsnight, where he worked for almost 4 years, led to a change in the law in relation to the safeguarding of children and a cross-Whitehall review of over 2,500 private supplier contracts after he revealed that senior civil servants were being paid through their own private companies, minimising their tax liabilities.

As Director of Communications at Help for Heroes, he helped raise £300m for service personnel and veterans wounded while in the service of our Nation and established the charity among the Top Ten UK Charity brands as evaluated by the polling firm YouGov for seven consecutive years. He also devised campaigns which led to over 2,000 veterans coming forward to seek help with poor mental health and was responsible for the Communications for HRH Prince Harry’s (now the Duke of Sussex’s) Invictus Games in London 2014, Orlando 2016 and Toronto 2017, sitting on the Ministry of Defence UK Team Board.

Since June 2019, Robin has been Head of Corporate Communications for Essex Police. He was elected Vice-Chair of the Association of Police Communicators in 2022.