PFEW chair to step down from ‘challenging’ role

The current caretaker chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has confirmed he will not be standing for re-election.

Jul 3, 2018
By Joe Shine

Calum Macleod, who was elected at the end of last year following the resignation of Steve White, will make way for his successor on August 1 when the new chair is chosen.

He said his decision comes after a period of very careful consideration and he still intends to continue as a board member if selected, focusing on the issues that are important for Wales.

Prior to his election as PFEW chair, Mr Macleod was vice chair of the organisation – a role he held since April 2016.

He has been an officer for 22 years, the initial six of which he spent in the service of Strathclyde Police and the remainder with South Wales Police.

Mr Macleod said: “The role of chair is challenging and it has been an honour and privilege to serve as chair and vice chair prior to that.

“I was happy to take up the role in a caretaker capacity and since then I have tried to refocus the Federation and lead an organisation which truly represents the views of rank and file police officers across England and Wales.

“With the role comes great responsibility and I have been fully committed to that, but I do not wish to be considered for national chair at this moment in time. I want to thank all those who have supported me in my role.”

Nominations for the new chair are currently open and will close on July 5. Voting will take place between July 12 and July 30.

Police Professional understands that Hampshire Police Federation chair John Apter and PFEW conduct and performance sub committee chair Phil Matthews are both standing for the role.

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