Portfolios are areas of responsibility for Councillors.
They are the main areas of the sport where the National Council has decided to communicate to/from the grass roots volunteers and use this communication to help it press the grass roots’ case to the Board of England Athletics.
The three Portfolio areas we are focusing on initially are:
- Clubs (click here to see more about the clubs portfolio)
- Coaching (click here to see more about the coaching portfolio)
- Officials (click here to see more about the officials portfolio)
We want to know what you feel about these areas and where you would like to see changes. To allow you to do this we have set up emails for each Portfolio in each of the nine England Regions which will be accessed by your regional Councillor Portfolio holder. Click here to view links for details all our portfolio holders.
For each Region we have also shown a pen-picture of the Portfolio holders. This will allow you to speak to them when you see them at training/meetings. You should always email them using the official address set out on their Portfolio pages.
The Portfolio system is for you to express your opinion to the Councils to allow us to speak on your behalf at national level ultimately. The Councillors like you are volunteers and you should not expect them to be directly involved in delivering work done by England Athletics' staff – such as organising courses or answering customer queries about England Athletics competitions. What they will do is stand up for and represent people in their region.
We want to get the system working properly on the three Portfolios described. Then we would hope to extend it to other areas like Schools, Facilities and Competition. The National Council is very active in these areas already but its work will clearly benefit from grass roots involvement.
We hope that you will use this system to allow the Councils to act on the basis of your up-to-date views.
What Portfolio Holders do
Since England started in 2005 there has been a Portfolio system. But it has proved difficult to run because of the complexity of assembling everyone’s views and wanting not to over-burden the Councillors involved who are also volunteers. More recently there has been a greater desire expressed by Councillors to take an active part in how the sport is run and that is why we are re-activating the Portfolio system.
To help Portfolio holders we have set up a Resource page which sets out an updated overall description of all Regional Councillors’ roles, outline Job descriptions and suggested reporting templates. The Councillors will report to the regional Council and to the National Portfolio holder who will in turn report to the National Council.
Typically debate in athletics and running focuses on the areas that are delivered by clubs but not the clubs themselves. Is your club struggling with too few volunteers? Do you have a waiting list? Would you like a common IT system in athletics to help your administration? Are you able to promote the sport or do you feel over-run by the scale of what you are expected to deliver? We want to know what the main issues are for the clubs collectively at any time. Contact your Regional Club Councillor as your first step.
You can click here to see more of the work England Athletics does with its clubs. We the Councils are separate from the staff of England and do not deliver the work of England Athletics. We are there to make sure they are doing it right.
The National Clubs Portfolio Holders are Mike Neighbour and Mark Wall:
Mike has undertaken a verity of roles for Aldershot Farnham & District AC, ranging from men’s Southern and National League team manager secretary and currently Chairman. The first event Mike organised was “The West Ham 8” while at University, he has continued organising road races as well as cross country and Track and Field including the Southern Road Relays.
Over the last 30 years Mike held posts on Southern and National bodies. Having been directors of AAA of England, SEAA and the London Marathon. As a member of Southern Road Running Committee was team manager of the Southern Road Running Team. Having retired he currently officiating at local events as Marksman. Chairman of the English Road Running Association as well as Chairman of the South East Region Council. Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark been actively involved in athletics in the UK and Australia across a range of events since 1973. He has been involved in coaching since 1991 with athletes from novice to International level and an Official since 1975, including at International level.
Mark has been actively involved at club level since 1975 in Track and Field Clubs (Box Hill and North West AC) in Australia and specialist clubs in the UK (Leicester Walking Club) and Australia. He has also been a dual claim member of Road Running and Track & field clubs in the UK. Mark has been involved at state/Regional and national levels in both nations. He was a member of the UKA Competition Strategy Group, who was tasked with exploring new and innovative ways to nurture the sport. Mark can be contacted at email@example.com
England primarily delivers support to the coaching system through two areas – Coach Education and Mentoring programmes. Do you think that this strategy is producing enough properly qualified coaches? What would you like to see done differently? Is the content of the course right for what you need? Are you a coach? You don’t need to be to talk to us here. If you are an athlete/parent/supporter/administrator we would encourage you to express your views as well. Contact your Regional Coaching Councillor as your first step.
The Coaching pages of the England Athletics website are available here. As stated elsewhere the Councils operate independently of the staff of England. Our job is to check they are fulfilling their roles properly.
The national Coaching Portfolio holders are Mike Harris and Mick Shortland:
Mike is Secretary of Trafford Athletic Club, Championship Secretary for the Greater Manchester AA, Joint Organiser of the North West Track & Field Champs, and a Level 4 Distance Performance Coach.
In addition to these responsibilities Mike's other roles in the sport include being the organiser of the popular Trafford Grand Prix.
Mike serves as coach’s representative on the UKA Members Council and believes that clubs are the soul of the sport.
Mike can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick has been a keen sportsman since the age of 11. His interest in athletics has led to him becoming a coach, specialising in the hammer, a member of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) and a Coach Education Tutor. In the summer of 2014 Mick attended a programme of coach development activities at the Commonwealth Games. This led to him being invited to attend the 2015 Loughborough International as one of the Team Coaches where he supported throwers in the javelin events. At the time of writing he is looking forward to travelling to Portugal in August to fulfil the same role with at the throws International. Mick can be contacted at email@example.com
The way that Officials are governed in the UK is complicated. In essence officials are governed by a mixture of UKA’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), County Officials Secretaries, England’s Tri Regions and probably quite a few other bodies! There is a new UK Officials Strategy but this is set within the existing complicated framework. There are obvious problems in terms of the ageing of the officials’ workforce, fixture planning that may over-burden already busy officials and the delivery of Officials’ Education. As above we are happy to hear from any official or body of officials or indeed from anyone with meaningful issues they wish the Councils to take up with England. Contact your Regional Officials Councillor as your first step.
You can visit the Officials section on the England Athletics website by clicking here. As stated elsewhere the Councils operate independently of the staff of England. Our job is to check they are fulfilling their roles properly.
The national Officials Portfolio holders are Barry Parker and Stewart Barnes:
Barry has experience as Secretary of both Derbyshire and the North of England AA. He is Track & Field Officials Secretary for the Midlands & South West. Barry has been involved in Officiating since 1987 and have moved through the lower grades to my present higher level qualifications at Track, Endurance, Photo Finish. Field and Timekeeping. Barry is a Track and Endurance Tutor (and member of the Endurance Education Group).
Barry is Chair of Derby AC. He has been a member of Derbys Schools Committee since the mid-1970’s and a past member of the ESAA General Committee. As a Regional and National Councillor he is also interested in developing the sport as much as possible for future generations of athletes and Officials. Barry can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart has been involved in athletics for fifty years, as an athlete, administrator and Technical Official (Track Judge).During his competitive days he ran for Coventry Godiva Harriers representing Warwickshire on a number of occasions.
Since the end of his competitive life Stewart has become a Level 3 Track Judge (ICOG) officiating at many major meetings throughout the country. He has been Hon. Treasurer of Warwickshire County AA and is a current Joint Hon. Treasurer of the Midland Counties AA.
A retired police officer and Chief Security Officer. Stewart can be contacted at email@example.com
The table below will click through to the portfolio holder for the region you wish to contact. The individual email contacts are set out on the individual pages.