Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary
Zoë Billingham

Zoë Billingham


HMI Zoë Billingham – Biography

A qualified lawyer, Zoë Billingham has worked in public sector regulation for the last ten years, latterly as the lead inspector for the fire and rescue service in England. Zoë was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in September 2009. She has responsibility for sixteen forces in the Eastern Region of HMIC, which stretches from Lincolnshire and Derbyshire in the north through to Hampshire and Kent in the south.

She is married with a young son and the whole family has a passion for tennis.

National role

Zoe is responsible for HMIC’s effectiveness programme of the PEEL all-force assessments, which focuses on how effective forces are at preventing crime, anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe. The programme also investigates how effective forces are at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm such as missing and absent children and sexual exploitation, and supporting victims of domestic abuse.

She is also a member of the advisory group for the national debate on the future of policing.

Regional role

Zoë Billingham is Her Majesty’s Inspector for the Eastern Region and deals with the following forces:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Essex
  • Hampshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Kent
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Thames Valley.