Principal Officers

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



John ApterJohn Apter
National Chair

John is a Constable and joined Hampshire Constabulary in December 1992. Prior to joining as a regular John was a Special Constable. He is passionate about fairness, which is one of the reasons that he became a police officer.

John became a local Federation Rep to ensure other officers were treated fairly and received the support they deserved. In 2010 he became the Chair of the Hampshire Police Federation. Prior to this John was a uniformed front line officer working in Response, Roads Policing and in a specialist team investigating road traffic accident deaths. Additionally, he has also been a Family Liaison Officer, a role that he found incredibly rewarding.

John has worked tirelessly to highlight the reality of violence against police officers and staff and has created 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 also instrumental in helping to lay the foundations for PFEW’s ‘Protect the Protectors’ campaign and in ensuring that emergency service workers are now better protected from assault.

Che DonaldChé Donald
National Vice-Chair

Ché Donald has been a police officer with Sussex Police since 2002 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2005. During his career he has chosen to remain in frontline policing roles: in 24/7 response, neighbourhood policing, public order units, CBRN, intelligence development and tutoring. He has been an active Police Federation representative for the last 12 years specialising in Discipline, Equality and Post Incident Procedures. Locally, he held the roles of Treasurer and Secretary in the Sussex Black Police Association (SBPA) and Secretary of the Sergeants’ Branch Board.

Ché was elected onto the Police Federation of England and Wales Interim National Board (INB) in September 2014. On the INB, he has led and driven a crucial piece of work looking at the links between demand, capacity and welfare. This work, still ongoing, is bringing together decision makers in policing to find solutions to improve conditions for police officers and allow them to deliver a better service to the public.

He is also the National Police Federation lead for Firearms, Taser and Police Officer Mental Health. He also held the posts of Chair of the PFEW Sergeants’ Central Committee and Chairman of the Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee. In January 2018 Ché was elected to the post of Vice-Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales. 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.

Andy Fittes
National Secretary

Andy Fittes joined the Metropolitan Police in 1987 as a constable working in the east end of London. He fully embraced his work with differing communities and learnt to deal with a myriad of situations presented to him on a daily basis.

In 1996, Andy was promoted to sergeant and three years later he became a Federation representative. In 2011 he became the chair of the metropolitan Sergeants Branch Board (SBB) where he became the lead for the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) on promotion matters.

He also became the secretary of the Promotion and Training Sub-Committee, sat on the Training Sub-Committee, and the Operational Policing Sub-Committee which dealt with issues encountered by officers on the beat and helped to provide better equipment to ensure their safety.

Andy has represented officers at all levels of performance and believes that representation is fundamental to the service provided to Federation members.

In 2013, Andy became a member of the Joint Central Committee or JCC (now known as the Interim National Board since June 2014) and in May that year was elected as the Sergeant Central Committee (SCC) deputy general secretary.

Andy became General Secretary of the SCC and later became the chair of the Professional Development Sub-Committee and the Special Constabulary Working Group, while also sitting on the Operational Policing and Professional Standards Sub-Committees.

Other accomplishments in Andy’s career include working on the London Olympic Games as the lead planner for one of the live sites and assisting in the development of a festival drugs strategy for the Met.

Andy Ward
Deputy National Secretary

Andy Ward was appointed to Durham Constabulary in August 1989 and spent the formative years of his service in 24/7 response policing and as a local neighbourhood beat officer in the former mining communities along the east coast of County Durham.

In July 2002 Andy was promoted to Sergeant and continued to work in response policing as a Shift Supervisor in North Durham, leading a team of constables and managing incidents & investigations.

Andy spent his first incarnation as a Custody Sergeant at Durham City between 2003 and 2004 before returning to 24/7 response policing, and in December 2008 he returned to custody in East Durham until taking up a full time role on the Central Committee in March 2013.

All of Andy’s 23.5 years of active police service were spent in front line uniform operational policing.

Andy was first elected to the Durham Joint Branch Board in July 1997 and served the Police Federation for a virtually consecutive period of seventeen years as both a Constables and a Sergeants Representative.

Andy has held an array of federation positions including, but not limited to, Constables Representative, Health & Safety Leader, National Custody Forum Secretary and Deputy General Secretary/Treasurer of the Sergeant’s Central Committee.

As Regional Sergeants Representative for the North East (No 2) region, Andy has been active in a range of separate rank and joint work-streams and responsibilities which include involvement on the JCC Health & Safety sub-committee, the JCC Legislation sub-committee, the JCC Professional Standards sub-committee, the Strategic Priorities Working Group, the National Custody Officers Forum and the HMIC/HMIP Custody Stakeholders Group, to name a few.

Tim Packham
National Treasurer

Tim Packham joined Kent Police in 1990. As a Constable, he served three years at Ashford before transferring to a Sub-divisional traffic unit in Gravesend. In 1997 he moved to the county’s traffic department performing both car and motorcycle duties. He qualified as an Senior Investigating Officer for serious and fatal road collisions. He is an Advanced Police Driver and an Advanced Police Motorcyclist.

Tim was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 where he again served in the north of the county at Gravesend in patrol, custody and neighbourhood policing duties, and was elected as a Federation Representative two years later. He became a trustee to the JBB funds in 2007. He was promoted to Inspector in 2009 and soon returned to the Inspectors’ Branch Board where after a short time he was elected as the IBB Secretary. He was also elected as the Region 5 Inspectors’ Secretary. As an Inspector, he performed Citizen Focus, Response, and most recently Force Control Room duties before taking up a full-time Federation role within the Kent Joint Branch Board as Deputy Secretary and Treasurer late 2013. 

Tim’s National Federation career began in 2015, when he joined the Inspectors’ Central Committee. He is the Secretary of the Legislation sub-committee and sits on the Health and Safety and Ops Policing Sub-committees. Tim has and represented members at all levels of Police Discipline and Police Medical Appeal Boards.

Tim was elected as the ICC General Secretary in 2017 and PFEW Treasurer in July 2017. He works with the Finance Director to ensure that the Police Federation of England and Wales maintains a robust, balanced financial position from which it can be confident in its ability to provide an excellent level of service to its members.

Simon Kempton
Deputy National Treasurer

Simon Kempton 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.

Simon’s role as deputy treasurer is to support the treasurer and finance director by helping to implement the initiatives being brought forward and building close working relationships with stakeholders. This work is pivotal to building trust throughout our organisation as we look to complete our Review.