About us - West Midlands

About us - West Midlands

These pages cover the local activities of England Athletics in the West Midlands, covering the Black Country, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire & Birmingham.

To find out more details you can use the menus on the left hand side to see the work we are doing with and for people like you. We have also provided contact details for other people involved in the sport in the region to help you to make contact with them where this is appropriate.

The news and events sections will also tell you more about what is happening near you.

The team in your area:

Midlands and South West Area Manager

Club & Coach Support Officers

Other staff

West Midlands Regional Council

England Athletics has nine Regional Councils. Each has responsibility for representing the volunteer interests of the sport, supporting the staff in their area and giving input into investment. The council is also working towards developing strong links with key partners such as County Athletics Development Groups, Sport England, Private Sector Business and other agencies.

To find out more about the Council Portfolio system please see www.englandathletics.org/council-portfolios.

Stewart Barnes Chair   sbarnes@sky.com  01926 512810
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.

Lijana Kaziow  lkaziow@hotmail.co.uk
Lijana has been involved in athletics for 17 years, starting with competing, coaching and more recently officiating. She was the first Chair of the Athletics Youth Advisory Group and now sits on the European Athletics Future Group. Having completed all event group qualifications as of May 2015, she plans to use this in coaching combined events and is currently in charge of CE for Northants Schools. In the past she has focussed on youth development (using athletics 365) and as such is on the NCDP for Youth Development. When not involved with athletics, she spends her time teaching.

Pete Afford    pete.afford@blueyonder.co.uk
Pete has been involved with athletics for nearly 25 years and is a level 3 timekeeper and a level 3 photo-finish official.  He is a member of Telford Athletics Club and on the committee of the Club as the newsletter editor.  He is also the club’s representative on the Shropshire AA where he was for 6 years the County Sportshall Championship secretary.  From the Shropshire AA he is the County Rep for the Midland Counties Association.  He is involved in all levels of the sport from U11s to Internationals and all aspects from track and field to road running and cross country.

Graham Heeley    01789 490112
Member of Sparkhill Harries for 50 years, President in their Centenary Year (2001) and now a Life Member. Electrical & Mechanical Engineer by Trade but spent 33 years as a Police Officer.  He has been President of the following, Birmingham Cross Country League, Warwickshire County, Midland Counties, England Cross Country. Technical delegate for European Police Athletics, member of the European Cross Country Commission and Technical Delegate.  He is IAAF Road & Cross Country Official (ICRO). Secretary of the Midland and England Cross Country Officials, and a member of the West Midland Region Council since its inception.

Iris Morris     iris.a.morris@btinternet.com

Alan Edwards    alan.edwards412@btinternet.com   01926 492287
Co-opted Member for six years, now elected. Chairman Road Race Licensing Panel, Endurance Official, and IOG Timekeeper.  Formerly Chairman Leamington C&AC and Warwickshire but still competitive road runner and racing cyclist. In his finer hours a AAA representative sprinter, always trailing Robbie Brightwell. Whilst managing major overseas telecoms projects and companies he represented Taiwan, and Zimbabwe, in  international rugby "friendlies".

John Finney    johnfinney26@btinternet.com
John is a member of Stafford Harriers Running Club and has been running endurance events for over thirty years. He has been the Chair of the Staffordshire Athletics Network since its inception in 2009. Professionally he was a practicing town and regional planner until retirement in 2005. He is married with a daughter, son and three granddaughters.