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Leicestershire officer elected vice chair of Police Federation

The Fed’s parliamentary lead and critic of the conduct watchdog is the new second-in-command.

One of the key figures in challenging the police driver legislation is the Police Federation’s new deputy.

Tiff Lynch has won the election to become Vice Chair, taking over from Che Donald.

The Leicestershire Police Officer has been a national board member, Secretary of Parliamentary scrutiny and secretary of conduct and performance.

She is respected by senior Fed members and had been tipped as a contender for the Chair elections but opted to stand for the second-in-command post.

Her parliamentary work has included significant lobbying of the Home Office, MPs and peers during the policing bill to secure changes improving protection of police drivers.

She has also been part of the work to shape the police covenant.

It means that the two main staff associations have a female deputy; the Police Superintendents’ Association elected Harvi Khatkar as its Vice President in March.

Another improvement to gender balance, Gemma Fox, the City of London rep and lead on retirement and ill-health is the new Deputy General Secretary.

The Fed’s previously most senior female was Jan Berry who led the organisation from 2002 to 2008.

Che Donald is retiring from frontline policing to take up a consultancy role.

It’s part of a significant overhaul of the Fed’s leadership team which began with the election of Steve Hartshorn as its new Chair.

Calum Macleod has been selected as the National Secretary. The South Wales officer will take over on 1 July following the retirement of Alex Duncan who has been an officer for 31 years, 23 of which as a Federation rep and four as National Secretary.

Phill Matthews is stepping down as conduct lead to retire from policing.

He shared on social media: “The Board has had a reset and I think will work brilliantly with the council moving forward."

The other board members are: 

Treasurer – Simon Kempton (Dorset)

Deputy Treasurer – Kevin Wilson (Durham)

Head of Criminal Claims – Kersten Peters (Metropolitan)

Head of Civil Claims – Craig Hewitt (Lincolnshire)

Equality lead – Ian Saunders (GMP)

College of Policing lead – Dave Bamber (Cheshire)

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