Police Federation

Principal Officers

We have eight Principal Officers as part of our National Board. The National Chair is elected by members, with candidates coming from the National Board and National Council, the National Secretary is selected from the National Board via an interview process, and all other roles are elected from among the National Board.



John Apter
John Apter

National Chair


John is a constable and joined Hampshire Constabulary in December 1992 - prior to this he was a special constable.

John is the first national chair to be elected by the staff association’s members in August 2018 and is proud to be the voice of almost 120,000 police officers in England and Wales, working with 43 branch boards and PFEW’s National Board and Council to represent, support and negotiate on behalf of our membership.

A regular on local and national media, John speaks passionately on issues important to our members, raising awareness of the demands and realities of day-day policing.

Fairness is what drives John and since being in office he has helped establish stronger relationships with government and police partners.

John works tirelessly to ensure officers are treated fairly and receive the support they deserve.  He has relentlessly campaigned to ‘Protect The Protectors’, highlighting the reality of violence against police officers and staff, and creating the ‘Seven Point Plan’ to ensure officers and police staff assaulted at work, are treated as victims and given the support they fully deserve. This plan has now been adopted by almost every force across England and Wales including the Metropolitan Police, who have renamed it Operation Hampshire.

John was instrumental in helping to lay the foundations for PFEW’s ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign that resulted in legislative change to impose tougher sentencing for those who assault an emergency service worker.

A former Hampshire Police Federation chair, and uniformed frontline officer working in response, roads policing and family liaison roles, John knows what’s important to the officers he represents. He regularly goes on patrol with forces throughout the country to hear first-hand what officers need from their staff association and to deliver on the promises he made as part of his manifesto.

Ché Donald
Ché Donald

National Vice-Chair


Ché has been a police officer with Sussex Police since 2002 and a Police Federation representative for nearly 14 years. Ché was elected on to the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) National Board in September 2014.

He has since been leading and driving a crucial piece of work looking at the links between demand, capacity and welfare. This work is bringing together decision makers and key stakeholders in policing, to find solutions to improve conditions for police officers and allow them to deliver a better service to the public. He has also nationally led for the Police Federation on Taser, Firearms and Police Officer Mental Health & Wellbeing, while also founding and delivering the popular Police Federation Post Incident Procedures (PIPs) Seminars.

In January 2018, Ché was elected to the post of national Vice-Chair and he was re-elected to the role in September 2018. In this role, he supports and deputises for the national Chair; drives the strategy of the PFEW, and is a principal spokesperson for the organisation in the media and engagement with external stakeholders.

Alex Duncan
Alex Duncan

National Secretary

Alex is a constable and joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1990. Until he became a Federation representative, he worked chiefly in Response, Community Policing and the District Crime Unit.

Alex became a Federation rep in 1999 because he was committed to promoting and safeguarding the rights and working conditions of rank-and-file officers who make up the backbone of policing across England and Wales. As a local rep, he held various posts including Deputy Branch Secretary and Conduct Lead. He was the Avon and Somerset Brand Board Secretary from 2007-2014.

In 2014, Alex became a National Board member and held the position of Chair of the Conduct & Performance sub-committee for more than two years. Before becoming National Secretary, Alex was Chair of the Legislation sub-committee and Head of Civil Claims, responsible for the hundreds of claims submitted by members every year, including employment tribunals and discrimination cases.

Alex is passionate about making the Federation the best possible representative and negotiating body for its members. He was selected as National Secretary in 2018.

John Partington
John Partington

Deputy National Secretary

John is an inspector and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1996. Until he became a local Federation representative in 2008, he worked in a variety of policing roles, including Response and Safer Neighbourhood teams, as well as working as a Staff Officer, Firearms Commander and Public Order Commander, mostly in uniform.

Passionate about equalities, he became a rep to help ensure fairness and a good working environment for all officers. During his time at the local Federation, he held a variety of posts, including as a member of the Joint Executive Committee and was also the Equalities’ Lead for the Metropolitan Police Federation.

He joined the Federation National Board in 2017 and was elected as Deputy National Secretary in 2018. John sees his new role as supporting the National Secretary to allow him to negotiate the best regulations around pay, pensions and conditions of service on behalf of the membership.

Having been a rep throughout the years of austerity, John believes we need more officers in frontline and neighbourhood policing roles, and that the service needs to be part of the community.

Simon Kempton
Simon Kempton

National Treasurer


Simon joined Dorset Police in 2000 working as a frontline Response officer, both as a constable and as a sergeant, where he gained qualifications as a licensed Search Team Leader and a Hostage and Crisis Negotiator.

He has also worked in some more covert roles, including undercover policing, surveillance and counter-terrorist policing. This breadth of experience has given him the opportunity to build a well-rounded career with experience across a range of disciplines. Some of the roles have been subject to enhanced vetting, requiring the upmost levels of integrity and personal ethics.

Having become a Federation representative approximately seven years ago, Simon trained as a Misconduct, Equality and Health and Safety rep, and still maintains a role on his home board as a Misconduct rep. This, alongside his occasional operational work, has enabled him to maintain links with operational colleagues.

After becoming a National Board member, Simon’s was elected as Deputy National Treasurer in 2017 to support the National Treasurer and Finance Director by helping to implement the initiatives being brought forward, and building close working relationships with stakeholders.

Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson

Deputy National Treasurer

Sarah joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in 1991, her first posting was as a response officer in Cheltenham.

During her service she has worked in neighbourhood policing, criminal investigations, surveillance, custody and as a force incident manager in the control room.

She has also undertaken training in hostage and crisis negotiation, as well as a sexual offence trained investigator.

Sarah became a Federation representative in 2007 and trained as Misconduct, Equality and Health and Safety rep, later becoming the branch Professional Development Lead.

As a rep Sarah has represented members on areas that include Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures (UPP), Unsatisfactory Attendance Procedures (UAP), Ill Health Retirement, Police Regulation issues, Post-Incident Procedures (PIP) as well as assisting in Welfare issues.

In October 2014 Sarah became the full time Chair for Gloucestershire Branch and later took on the role of branch treasurer too.

Four years later, in 2018, Sarah became a National Board member, sitting on Professional Development, Crime and Justice and Health and Safety sub committees as well as leading on Ill Health Retirement and Police Charities UK.

September 2019 saw Sarah take the role of Deputy National Treasurer to support the National Treasurer and Finance Director by helping to implement strategic initiatives and build on close working relationships with stakeholders.

Craig Hewitt
Craig Hewitt

Head of Civil Claims

Craig has been a constable with Lincolnshire Police since August 2000. Before joining, Craig worked in the hospitality and financial sectors. He joined the police to try to make a difference in society.

Craig was a Response and Patrol Officer in his home force for 15 years, joining the Federation as a workplace representative in 2009, before becoming the full-time Secretary and Treasurer of Lincolnshire Police Federation in 2015. Craig chose to become a rep after he was involved in a number of investigations and saw the valuable work done by the reps who looked after him; it made him want to help officers in similar situations.

During his time as a Federation rep, Craig has represented officers in equality matters, fairness at work issues, Unsatisfactory Performance Procedures (UPP), Unsatisfactory Attendance Procedures (UAP), Ill Health Retirement, Police Regulation issues, Post-Incident Procedures (PIP), and many other areas.

As Secretary of the Lincolnshire Branch, Craig led on the introduction of a fit-for-purpose Limited Duties policy within his force and brought about adjustments to Lincolnshire's Acting Allowance, Temporary Salary and Temporary Promotion processes to ensure officers were paid correctly.

Craig became a National Board member in 2016, and sits on the Professional Development and Operational Policing subcommittees. He was elected as Head of Civil Claims in 2018.

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod

Head of Criminal Claims

Biography coming soon

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