National Council Members

National Council Members

East: Mick Shortland
Mick has been a keen sportsman since the age of 11. His best achievements were to represent Northants in swimming and water polo, playing rugby for a variety of clubs and being the person who went out to ‘score a point’, 2 on a very good day, in the throws events for his college athletics team. 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.
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East Midlands: Mark Wall
Mark is a teacher and Education consultant. a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), Member of the Royal Economics society and Australian college of Educators (MACE).  He is also a member of the world governing body for athletics statisticians (ATFS) and a graduate of the National coach Development Program (NCDP). coaching athletes from Internationals to the inexperienced.  Mark is a former County Chairman and has been involved in the sport at an administrative and governance level from Club to National level both in Australia and the UK over the last 40 years. He is England Athletics' Volunteer of the Year 2014 and sits on the EA Membership Process and Consultation Advisory and UKA Competition Strategy groups. Mark is a qualified Track, Endurance and Race walk official and Race Adjudicator. He also had some success as an athlete from local to international competition and is currently working on a range of projects to elevate thinking and activity in Race walking both via social media and on the ground.
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South East: Mike Neighbour
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, since then he has continued organising road races as well as cross country and Track and Field, the event he is proudest of is the Southern Road Relays run on the course set by Mike 27 year ago. Over the last 30 years Mike held posts on Southern and National bodies. Having been a director 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.
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South West: Nigel Rowe
Nigel has been elected as Chair for SW and has been chair since the formation of England Athletics. He believes the regional councils have an important role within the sport. He takes the lead at a national level for road running and represents England on the runbritain technical group. He's a tutor for Race Director courses and also represents road running on the UKA Members' Council.
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London: Tony Shiret (Chair)
Tony has been Chair of the London Council since September 2008. He is a former Chair of Newham & Essex Beagles. In 2008 and 2009 he was the Manager of the Beagles' British League Men's team that was unbeaten and won the BAL Premiership in both years and represented the UK in the European Clubs' Championships where they finished 5th. Professionally he is a Competitively he was a 400m Hurdler some time ago and his finest hour was competing with (well, behind) Ed Moses in the AAA. He has two sons, both of whom he says run somewhat further and faster than their father. Professionally Tony is a Retail Research Analyst working for an investment bank. In 2013 he won a landmark Age Discrimination case against a former employer. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
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London: Peter Crawshaw
Peter has been a member of the London Council since 2009 and was elected as Co-Chair in 2013. He has focussed on a number of Athletics Administration roles after retiring  from a senior Finance role at the end of a long career in the City of London, during which he had a wide involvement with athletics as a Competitor (Hertfordshire 800m champion and a Blue at Oxford University), Club administrator (Achilles Club team manager, Membership Secretary and Treasurer for over 25 years and closely involved with the organisation of university athletics), and Field official. In the latter role, Peter is active at all levels from grass roots to International competition and has been a member of the SEAOA Field Sub-Committee since 2004 chairing that group since 2009. He is also currently Officials Secretary for Surrey County AA and Surrey Schools AA. Peter was appointed to the England Athletics Board in 2014, and chairs its Audit & Assurance Committee. He also represents England Athletics on the UKA Safety Advisory Group.
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West Midlands: Stewart Barnes
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 Harriersrepresenting 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.
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North West: Mike Harris
Mike is Secretary of Trafford Athletic Club, Championship Secretary for the Greater Manchester AA, Joint Organiser of the North West T & F Champs, and a Level 4 Distance Performance Coach. He's also the organiser of the Trafford Grand Prix. He is the coach’s representative on the UKA Members Council and believes that clubs are the soul of the sport.
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North East: Chris Betts

Chris Betts has been active in the North East for many years and is a life member of Gateshead Harriers. He is currently secretary of the North East Counties' Track and Field subcommittee and also membership secretary of the North East officials' group for whom he is a Level 2C field judge. He organises the North East Grand Prix meetings and founded the successful minors meetings hosted at Gateshead stadium on Sunday mornings. Out of the region he has been, among other duties,  a member of the executive committees of the National Junior league and the North of England Senior Track and Field league, and was involved in the creation of the current joint-scoring men’s and women’s leagues. This expertise he has used in another of his duties as secretary of the North East Youth Development league.

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Yorkshire & Humberside: Malcolm Fletcher
Malcolm worked in the steelworks in a variety of rolls for over fifty years, finishing up as works engineer. Never an athlete but a very keen on sport, Malcolm first got involved when his daughter joined his local athletics club and started officiating as a field official. He is still doing so 38 years later! During his time in the sport he has taken on many roles in administration at club level and when athletics structure was reformed and governance was taken over by UKA, he was part of the team that formed Northern athletics from the Northern Counties A.A. When regional councils were formed by England Athletics, Malcolm was one of the original members on the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional council. Like many people, Malcolm wears several hats, one being Chair of the Yorkshire County Association.                       

Co-opted: Arwel Williams

Co-opted: Barry Parker
Barry has been a member of the EA National Council since its inception as a co-optee, then as a Regional Chair and now again as a co-optee. He is a Licenced Technical Official for Track & Field and a Level 3 Endurance Official. Barry is one of two representatives of the National Council on the Endurance Education sub-group.