About us - South West
These pages cover the local activities of England Athletics in Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire & Gloucestershire. Here you will find details on how to contact key England Athletics staff and other key people involved in the sport in the area. You will also be able to get details on different areas of our work in the South West.
For more on what we are doing please see the news sections of the website. The events section will also give you more detail on what is going on.
The team in your area:
Midlands and South West Area Manager
Club & Coach Support Officers and Activators
Anneliese Shannon (Devon, Cornwall & Dorset)
Richard Ayling (Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire)
Kerry Newell (Activator: Gloucestershire)
Coach, Teacher and Officials' Education Coordinator (Midlands and SW)
Area Coach Mentors
Area Coach Mentor (Endurance) - Mark Brace
Cross Country Co-ordinators
John Deaton (stand-in)
Jemma Bates (stand-in)
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. There are also a number of focus groups in the region who work to develop specific areas such as coaching, officials, road running etc – these groups are made up of key individuals plus representatives from each county in the region.
To find out more about the Council Portfolio system please see www.englandathletics.org/council-portfolios.
Nigel Rowe Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org 07885 328077
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.
Keith Reed Officials portfolio email@example.com 01752 893573
Keith has served on the SW Council as both a co-opted member and and elected member. He is a club secretary, coach and National technical official. He has been representing the SW council on the tri regional officials group for a number of years, and has tried to develop opportunities for SW officials in that time.
Mo Pearson Coaching and Schools portfolio firstname.lastname@example.org
Mo is a former teacher of physical education and present secretary & team manager for Cornwall Schools. She has worked as a community athletics coach for the County Sports Partnership and is a level 4 coach of heavy throws and member of the National Coach Development Programme. Mo was a co-opted member of the SW Athletics Council with portfolios for Education & Athletic Networks and in 2015 became an elected member, holding the portfolio for coaching.
Sonya Ellis Clubs portfolio email@example.com
Tony Gale Road Running and Networks portfolio firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony has been an active competitor on the road running scene for over 30 years and continues to race over distances ranging from 5k to marathons. He is a Run Britain Event Adjudicator, the Vice Chair of South West Road Runners and the Chair of the InStep Devon network. In the latter role, he has been particularly active in developing and supporting RunTogether groups to boost participation in the sport.
Richard Llewellyn-Eaton Cross Country portfolio email@example.com
David Cooke Track and Field portfolio firstname.lastname@example.org
David has been involved in local club athletics since 1971 when he joined Yeovil Olympiads (YOAC) as a schoolboy. He was club captain for several years. Running the 400 metres, he won South-West Inter-Counties on three occasions in the 1970s, and was captain of athletics at Bristol University in that period. After a period of road running in Yorkshire during the 1980s, where he was working at the time, he returned to the South-West in 1990. Rejoining YOAC, he achieved some success at the Masters level, achieving fifth place at the 2001 World Championships over 400 metres. From the early nineties, he joined the committee of the Somerset County Athletic Association, and became honorary Secretary of the Association in 2000, still holding that post. He took over the administration of the County website in 2002. He became Championship Secretary for track and field matters in 2004. He was divisional secretary for the South West Athletics League for a number of years.
Brian Baker (co-opted)