Senior Management Team

Mike Veale

Chief Constable

Chief Constable Mike Veale webready

Mike Veale grew up in Chilcompton and Midsomer Norton, Somerset

He began his policing career as a police cadet aged 16 before joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a constable in 1984.

Mike spent his early service in various roles within uniform and CID before becoming Chief Inspector Operations within inner city Bristol and later serving as Detective Chief Inspector in Somerset.

In January 2005 Mike was promoted to Detective Superintendent and transferred to Wiltshire Police. In the same year he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent as Head of CID.

He then led a programme to amalgamate HQ CID with the Force operations department to create a Protective Services Command.

In 2009 Mike was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for ten months. He then took up the post of divisional commander for the county of Wiltshire before going on to complete the strategic command course in 2011.

In March 2013, Mike became Deputy Chief Constable. Since then he has been responsible for the Force’s transformation programme and integrating vital services with those of our council partners.

Mike took up post of Chief Constable on 1 June 2015.

Mike is married with one son.

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Kier Pritchard

Assistant Chief Constable

Kier Pritchard

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Kier Pritchard joined Wiltshire Police in 1993. His career has included a number of roles within criminal investigation, intelligence, public protection and local policing operations.

As the former Head of Protective Services, Kier was instrumental in ensuring the successful collaboration between Wiltshire Police and Avon & Somerset Constabulary which resulted in the disruption of serious organised crime groups within the region and the establishment of a Major Crime Investigation Team. In building upon this, he led a programme team across the region in major and specialist crime which resulted in the collaboration of specialist capabilities across the South West.

Until his recent appointment to Assistant Chief Constable, Kier held the national child death portfolio for the National Police Chiefs’ Council reporting to the homicide working group. He also developed South West regional working groups in major crime and protecting vulnerable persons. Kier held the operational ACC portfolio in Wiltshire between April 2014 until his recent appointment, performing the role in a temporary capacity. During this period he adopted the lead Chief Officer role for the Tri-Force collaboration between Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire where roads policing, armed policing and dog support sections work together as a single operational unit.

Having successfully graduated from the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (Senior PNAC) in early 2016, Kier now oversees the operational policing of Wiltshire and Swindon. The role carries a broad portfolio and retains a regional lead role for protecting the vulnerable from exploitation from criminal gangs.

Kier is married to Anna, a Wessex Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor and is the proud father of five children. Living locally in Wiltshire allows him to understand the local needs of the Swindon and Wiltshire communities.

To relax, Kier is an active runner and enjoys other sports. In April 2016 he ran the Virgin London Marathon and hopes to continue this venture and improve upon his time across the finish line in order to achieve a ‘good for age’ completion time!

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Overview of Kier's business areas: Operations: 

  • Chippenham/ Trowbridge Hub
  • Salisbury hub
  • Swindon hub
  • Crime Standards, Criminal Justice, Custody and Crime Compliance
  • Force Operations, Public event planning
  • Intelligence and Serious Organised Crime management
  • Emergency Control, Force Control Room
  • Counter Terrorism Prevent and CONTEST planning.

Paul Mills

Assistant Chief Constable 


Paul was appointed to his role as Assistant Chief Constable in Wiltshire Police in April 2016 following time in the role since September 2014 on a temporary basis. He has portfolio responsibility for public protection, safeguarding and Force development.

The first 11 years of his career were spent with Northamptonshire Police where he undertook in each rank up to and including inspector both uniform and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) based roles.

In 2007 he transferred to Wiltshire Police and as a Chief Inspector undertook roles as the lead for neighbourhood policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Inspector and Chief Constable’s Staff Officer.

In 2010 he was promoted to Superintendent and undertook the role of Head of Professional Standards for the Force. In July 2012 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent with responsibility for local policing, a role which included contact management, response policing, neighbourhood policing and specialist operations (helicopter/roads policing and dogs).

Paul has a wide and varied current portfolio, which includes developing the Force approach to vulnerability and safeguarding. In addition he has led on the introduction of a crime reduction strategy for the Force, the development of the approach to citizens in policing and a strategic review of the Force custody estate requirements.

Operationally he is a strategic firearms commander, public order commander and is currently a national gold commander for an investigation into historic sexual abuse allegations.

At a regional level Paul is the lead for the introduction of a contact management I.T. infrastructure across three forces.

Paul is currently in the process of taking on the regional lead for Citizen in Policing for the South West which includes management of the Special Constabulary and Police Volunteers, and was previously a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Professional Standards Committee.

In 2015 Paul completed the University of Cambridge Police Executive Programme and was awarded a Master of Studies (M.St) in Applied Criminology and Police Leadership.

Paul is married to Clare and lives in Wiltshire. To relax he enjoys cycling and hill walking and having finally hung up his football boots, he remains an avid fan and watcher of Manchester United.

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Overview of Paul's business areas:

  • Public protection and safeguarding
  • Crime prevention
  • Force development.

Clive Barker

Assistant Chief Officer Clive Barker

Clive BarkerClive Barker is responsible for a portfolio consisting of Finance, Fleet and  Stores, Estates and Information Systems Technology (IST).

Clive joined Wiltshire Police in October 1998 as a Principal Accountant. Prior to that Clive has experience of working in accountancy in industry and Wiltshire County Council where he qualified as an accountant and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Since joining Wiltshire Police Clive has held the roles of Chief Accountant and Head of Finance and Logistics. In these roles he helped manage projects which led to the building of Gablecross in Swindon, Melksham Custody, Trowbridge and Calne Police station. In recent years, Clive has helped the Force deal with the financial challenges brought about by austerity and is proud that the Force has been identified as 'Good' in all areas by HMIC in the 2016 Peel Inspections.

In 2013 Clive took on the formal role as Chief Financial Officer for the Chief Constable and the PCC. Upon review this became an Assistant Chief Officer role in April 2014. He is keen in engaging staff and used this behaviour when holding the SRO role in the recent refurbishment of the Command and Control Centre.

Clive is married with two children. In his personal life he likes running, cycling and walking the dog. He is also a keen Aston Villa and Bath Rugby fan.

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 Overview of Clive's business areas:

  • Accountancy
  • Admin
  • Estates
  • Exchequer
  • Fleet
  • Information Services and Technology (IST).
  • ILM qualified coach

Zoe Durrant

Assistant Chief Officer Zoe Durrant

Zoe DurrantFollowing a career in HR within the private sector which included running shared services centres, mergers and acquisitions, Zoe joined Wiltshire Police in December 2005.  After successful completion of the Strategic Command Course in 2014 she was appointed as the Assistant Chief Officer for Business and People Development.

Zoe is currently responsible for the Business and People Development portfolio, which includes Transformation, HR, Professional Standards, Corporate Communications, Health & Safety, Business Improvement, Strategic Development, People Development and Occupational Health.  

Zoe is also the South West Regional Lead for Learning & Development. Zoe is married with three children and lives in Wiltshire.

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Overview of Zoe's business areas:

  • Business Improvement
  • Corporate Communications
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health Unit
  • People Development
  • Professional Standards Department
  • Security
  • Strategic Development
  • Transformation.