Her Excellency Verna Mills joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Basseterre in 2005 and served as a Foreign Service Officer with responsibility for the Latin American desk. She holds an Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Madrid.
In March 2014, Ambassador Mills was assigned by the Ministry to spearhead the operation that resulted in the establishment of the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Havana, Cuba. One year later, Mrs. Mills was posted to Cuba as Counsellor/Chargé d’affaires. This posting comprised an important personal dimension for Mrs. Mills, considering she successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Philology, a few years earlier at the Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.
In 2017, Mrs. Mills was subsequently appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Republic of Cuba; making her the first female Ambassador to be appointed to Cuba and the youngest serving Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Ambassador Mills has had a long career in the Ministry of Foreign affairs and has also represented the Federation in many regional and international fora, including the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN). Ambassador Mills has received diplomatic training in a number of fields in several countries such as Taiwan, Mexico, Chile, Argentina Spain and Germany.
Before starting her career in the Foreign Service, Mrs. Mills worked briefly at the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd., the St. Christopher Heritage Society and the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board.
Ambassador Mills’ interests include public international law, development cooperation, foreign languages, travel and music. She is married to Jéneve Mills and is the mother of one, Jaasiel.