Mark Parkinson took over as the Federation branch treasurer in September 2015. Before joining the police service, he had gained a qualification in accounting and had worked in management and product development in ceramics.
Mark’s policing career began in 1998 as a member of the Specials in Staffordshire and he joined Derbyshire as a police officer in August 2000.
He was first stationed at Merrill and spent seven years in Chellaston, then two at Ashbourne before moving to Buxton, first as a reactive officer and then as a safer neighbourhood officer for the town centre. Mark has been a workplace Federation representative since 2008.
Derbyshire Police Federation has three trustees who review and properly authorise all expenditure. The trustees ensure the expenditure fits within the budget set annually, that it satisfies the branch’s responsibilities under the Federation's Fund Rules and report to the Branch Council. This is overseen by the treasurer. A financial handbook defines these responsibilities within the branch even further.
The Federation accounts are subject to a full annual audit and the details are sent to the national Federation treasurer, the Chief Constable and the Home Secretary. They are also available to members. A monthly update on the accounts is submitted to the Branch Board and a quarterly report shows the branch’s position in relation to its budgets for each area.