Dr PD Mils Hills
HEAD OF KNOWLEDGE
With an MA (Hons) and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, Mils was the first anthropologist to be employed by the UK Ministry of Defence (1998). Initially recruited to their research and evaluation agency working on Information Warfare, exploitation of open source information, social network and decision-influence analysis - Mils later headed the UK capability in the human factors of Information Operations. Seconded to the Cabinet Office for a number of years, Mils worked on a world-class approach to testing and developing the resilience and agility of people, plans and processes at national strategic, international and other levels. This approach leverages the core elements of information warfare to ensure that decision-makers can access, analyse and act on information, under pressure and with agility, to deliver the best possible outcomes. Mils worked with 10 Downing Street, the Governor of the Bank of England, the Directors-General of defence and security agencies, the COBR facility, the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative and heads of policy, amongst others.
Leaving the civil service to establish a consultancy (2005), Mils was commissioned by Boards and risk managers across the public and private sector to enhance continuity, crisis and risk management functions. Since 2010, Mils has worked in higher education, appointed Associate Professor of Risk, Resilience and Corporate Security at Northampton Business School in 2012. Mils also consults and publishes with a fresh approach to defence and other applications of targeting and defending decision-makers, the enhancement of risk management and assurance of situational awareness.