The nomination process to select a new Chair and interim Vice Chair for the Association of Police Communicators has now closed.
Thank you to everybody who expressed an interest in standing for post or supported or endorsed a nomination.
Donna Veasey – Essex Police
I feel privileged to work in the best sector of communications there is and that I get to work with so many talented and committed people who put their colleagues and victims at the heart of everything they do.
I am passionate about police communications and feel so proud of our sector every time I hear how colleagues up and down the country have tackled major incidents and crises, won accolades for cutting-edge PR campaigns and supported the workforce through major changes.
APComm has already provided so many opportunities to those in police communications and has developed hugely as a professional body since I joined policing in 2006.
If I was lucky enough to be elected as chair I’d like to build even further on this: continuing to provide opportunities for all disciplines within our sector as well as introduce wider opportunities to learn from others, both in the public sector but also from the private and agency areas.
I’d like APCOMM to look at opening up opportunities for short-time shadowing and secondments giving people the chance to learn from others outside their own force as well as potentially in outside industry. Professionals would be able to advertise on the APCOMM website their secondment/shadowing opportunity and then these would be able to be booked by individuals.
I’d also like to look at a more accessible forum for instant discussion and problem solving nationally where colleagues can pose a question, problem or issue and get real-time responses from others. This could be via a closed Facebook group or on another platform. We all have really knowledgeable colleagues in our own teams but sometimes you need a wider view or to draw on others’ practical experience.
In addition I’m a massive advocate for maintaining a work/life balance and I think it should be part of all of our considerations whether we are leaders or not. If you’re overworked, stressed out, tired or are battling a number of difficulties in your personal life while trying to help others and do the best professional job you can sometimes something has to give. It’s important we look after ourselves and others and I’d like to see more opportunities for support mechanisms and opening up different tactics for maintaining that balanced life. Following on from my input at conference I’d like to offer a full day mindfulness and resilience session to build on this further.
Kate Quilley – Warwickshire and West Mercia Police
I’m now well into my second decade of working in the world of communications, 12 of those years having been within policing. Still a day doesn’t pass without me learning something new. Most days I thrive on the unknown, relish the challenge and #alwayslearning opportunity. However, there are also times when the new predicament leads me to question myself, leaves me anxious and drawing on the expertise and support of colleagues.
I am sure I am not alone in my personal experience.
The Association of Police Communicators is our support network. It and its members have helped and guided me and now I want to give something back to others within a profession I love.
In our highly pressured, ever-changing environment, I believe I am the dynamic and dedicated communications professional to support APComm members today. I strongly believe I can harness the skills, experience and abilities of all our members to collectively make the incredible job we do just that little bit easier. Whether that be through knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring or well-being champions to offer strength to others through the tough times, I know I have the desire and the commitment to make things happen.
I know the value we bring to policing, the protection we add to people’s lives and the justice we help serve and I want to build on this incredible value we have, represent this within and outside policing and ensure justly deserved recognition for your efforts.
My current role, leading a communications function for two police forces through multiple changes, has only proved to further develop my resilience, tenacity and strategic leadership – all skills I feel could benefit APComm and its members.
Often my greatest pride comes from learning from the staff I’ve recruited, coached and mentored and I am committed to further strengthening APComm in its role to support the continuous professional development of all members. Taking a 70:20:10 learning approach and seeking different ways to address the skills gaps we identify, I have the organisation and creative skills to deliver this through a diverse and varied range of learning opportunities.
I’ve never done anything like this before, it feels very much outside of my comfort zone but I am a personable and dedicated individual who is passionate about effective communications and protecting people. Hopefully all qualities to successfully Chair APComm in 2019.
Ruth Shulver – Metropolitan Police (on secondment from Surrey Police)
Having been actively involved with APComm for many
years as both a Vice Chair and over the last year as joint Chair I can bring a huge amount of experience to the role.
I would be seeking to again joint chair with one of the other candidates, which would bring the benefits of having two active chairs supporting and developing the work of APComm, create resilience for the role, bring in new ideas to APComm with whoever was to joint chair with me, whilst maintaining momentum in existing projects and ensuring knowledge isn’t lost during these changes to the Executive.
I am a very collaborative person and work well with others so I would use these skills if I was successful to support the new joint chair whilst they gain experience and settle into the role, and implement their own ideas.
Over the last year I have already instigated a number of member activities that I’m keen to see develop into the year ahead, these include a head of communications workshop in the new year to help support our strategic communication leads develop and lead their teams, an internal communication workshop, more membership events for all levels and specialisms so that we can support you, whatever your role, to learn from each other and build networks that will support you.
I am also keen to look at how we better use our collective power of working together to improve the services we get, an example of this is the work we are undertaking with Vuelio to share best practice and inform developments of the platform to better meet force’s needs.
I also want to build on the success of this year’s Conference and use the skills audit that forces took part in to ensure our training and continual professional development offer for members is strong over the year ahead.
Ultimately APComm works best when it has active participation by as many of its members as possible so if I was successful in becoming joint Chair my main focus would be in encouraging you all as members to get as much out of APComm as possible by getting involved, by developing our SPOC network to help inform the work of APComm and by championing the work of police communications to our police officer colleagues and the communication industry.
Ruth Shulver: Additional info for Vice Chair application
If I was unsuccessful as chair or if another successful application didn’t wish to do the role by joint chairing I would still like to support the work of APComm for the reasons I have outlined in my Chair application, but by supporting the new Chair by continuing on the Committee as a Vice Chair.