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 who joined Hampshire Constabulary in December 1992. He 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 over 130,000 police officers in England and Wales. John works with 43 branch boards and PFEW’s National Board and National 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-to-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


National Vice-Chair for PFEW, Ché has been a police officer since 2002 and a Police Federation representative for over 14 years.

Since taking on a national position in 2014, Ché has been the organisation's lead for Taser, Firearms and Police Officer Mental Health & Wellbeing, while also founding and delivering the popular annual Post Incident Procedures (PIPs) Seminar. His current focus is on leading and driving a crucial piece of work looking at the links between demand, capacity and welfare, along with leading on Parliamentary Engagement and Lobbying for the organisation.

As an experienced communicator and facilitator, Ché supports and deputises for the National Chair, driving forward the strategy of PFEW, and is a principal spokesperson for the organisation in the media and engagement with key 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.

Clive Knight

Clive Knight

Deputy National Treasurer

Clive was a late joiner to policing and has always considered himself as being “the new old boy”, especially when undertaking his Borough familiarisation; where the perception of the public was that he was the mentor and not the mentee.

Clive began his policing career as a front-line officer, quickly becoming a police driver, Family Liaison Officer, Control Room Supervisor and then a search officer, a role which earnt him a Commissioners’ Commendation for his work following the terrorist attack at Tavistock Square in July 2005.

His involvement with the Federation began shortly after he was promoted in 2007, realising that this was an area where he felt that he could offer help and assistance to colleagues.

He quickly learnt the art of adept negotiation in all matters of Federation work, and became a trusted member of the Board, being elected to its Executive Committee; and in 2017, becoming the Deputy General Secretary of the Sergeants Board.

In 2019, he took a leap of faith and made the journey to Leatherhead to become a member of the National Board. An interest in Finance has never left him as this was his role prior to becoming a police officer and he looks forward to effectively supporting the Treasurer and PFEW as well as continuing to ensure that colleagues are protected in his work as Custody lead and as the PFEW spokesperson for Health and Safety matters.


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

Calum has been a police officer for 25 years, the first six of which was spent in the service of Strathclyde Police before transferring to South Wales Police.

Most of Calum’s service has been in frontline operational roles, including response and community policing in Cardiff.

Calum became involved in the Police Federation in 2011 and stood for election as Sergeants’ Representative for Cardiff. He quickly became equality lead for the Joint Branch Board and then Chair of the Sergeants’ Board. He has also held the position of Regional Chair for Wales.

Calum was General Secretary and Treasurer for the Sergeants’ Central Committee from May 2014 until his appointment as National Vice Chair from 2015-2018.

He led the organisation as National Chair until the triennial elections in 2019 - a first in Federation history when members were given the opportunity to vote for local and national representatives.

Calum did not stand for the National Chair position but continues to sit on the Executive and National Board, in addition to heading up the national criminal claims department.


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