National Chair candidates

There are two candidates for National Chair - John Apter and Phill Matthews. Find out more about them below.

The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation - ensuring members' welfare and interests are at the heart of the service we provide, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.

Any officer who is a member of the Police Federation (subscribing or non-subscribing) can vote from 12 to 30 July - you should have received an email to your PNN email address with a link to the voting portal and Unique Voting Code (UVC).  If you haven't received your voting code by Monday 16 July, please email your full name, force and warrant number to The election is being administrated by Mi-Voice.

Find out more about voting and the election process.

John Apter

What experience and skills do you bring to the role?

As a uniformed PC I have worked in frontline operational roles for all of my service until I became the Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010. Since then I have ensured the voice of our members is at the heart of everything we do. I have introduced the 7 point plan which ensures our colleagues who have been assaulted are better looked after; this plan has been adopted nationally. I have succeeded in the following;

  • Roll out of Taser to every officer in Hampshire Constabulary who wants one
  • Personal issue spit guards to all our officers

Why should members vote for you? 

I have a proven track record of making a positive difference for our officers. I will never shy away from a fight if it is in the interest of those I am there to represent. I care about policing and the people in it. That’s why officer welfare is a priority for me.

I am proud of what I have achieved locally and with your support want to bring change nationally. I promise to work alongside you and your local Federation teams to make a difference, to be your voice.

It’s time for change; help me to make it happen.

Read John's full election statement.

Phill Matthews

What experience and skills do you bring to the role?

14 years actively representing officers, defending misconduct cases, challenging and negotiating with senior officers and local stakeholders, achieving results for officers. 5 years as local Chairman with proven negotiation, presenting and media abilities. Actively driving the news agenda, ensuring members views are heard loud and clear. National Board experience driving PFEW reforms, reshaping the organisation from within. National lead on multiple work streams including; Conduct, NPAS, Local & Neighbourhood Policing. Experience of successfully negotiating with Home Office, NPCC, College of Policing, HMICFRS and Politicians. Representing PFEW in the national media and on stage at conference over the last 2 years.

Why should members vote for you?

With most of my career in front line operational Policing, I know the issues you care about.
I have always been there to personally help and defend officers, make your workplaces safer and press for greater recognition and reward where possible.
I have achieved results both locally and nationally; driving reform to PFEW, campaigning on conduct reforms, officer assaults, driving legislation and many more.
A capable confident speaker and negotiator I am a can do team player, not a glory seeker.
A vote for me is a vote for a strong and effective leadership at PFEW and continued improvement.

Read Phill's full election statement.