East Midlands Regional Council

Council Members

  • Jane Pidgeon (Chair, Officials)
  • Jemma Arbon
  • Peter Fendley (Coaching)
  • Karl Ponty
  • Debbie Smith
  • Denise Timmis
  • Adam Henley (co-opted)

Jane Pidgeon

Regional Council member 2021: Jane PidgeonJane is a life member of Notts AC with almost 40 years’ involvement as an athlete, competing at club, County, Regional, National and International level as a master’s athlete. She has been involved in organising and running events in the local area, through Notts AC, the County and Midlands for many years.

Jane is experienced as a track, field, photo finish and endurance official and a level 1 track tutor. She has officiated at the World Championships and is also a mentor to aspiring upcoming officials, and the County Secretary (COfSec) for officials. Jane is interested in improving all aspects of athletics for all involved (athletes, clubs, coaches and officials) from grass roots upwards.

Jemma Arbon

Regional Council member 2021: Jemma ArbonJemma is a Jumps Event Group Coach, Coach in Run Fitness and Team Manager at her club Mansfield Harriers. Involved mainly in grass roots sports, beginners programs and volunteering for several organisations, Jemma is a champion of women in sports especially bridging the gap between U15 sports and women returning to the sport at 35+ .

Jemma comes from a background in Dance and Teaching in Secondary education but has recently set up activewear brand to combine her love of art and athletics. Her main motivation for this is encouraging women to continue to love the sport that gives them so much back. A busy mum of two long jumpers and a middle distance runner, Jemma experiences the sport from many angles – as an athlete, a parent and a coach.

Karl Ponty

Regional Council member 2021: Karl PontyKarl is currently: Chair of Derby AC where he also coordinates and coaches the junior (Run-Jump-Throw) sessions; Secretary of DADA (running local open meets); and Finance Officer of the YDL. He is a former Sports Development Officer who founded Amber Valley AC in 1998 – with supportive, capable local parents – after creating new interschool Sportshall Competitions as a feeder network.

Karl is a Sport Science graduate whose former occupations include: medical research (Queen’s Award for Technology 1986); a computer analyst of accounts-production systems; Centre/Project Manger of Ormiston’s Sporting Chances (a Children and Families Charity); and currently tutors as a qualified primary school teacher.

Denise Timmis

Regional Council member 2021: Denise TimmisDenise is a member of Lincoln Wellington AC with over 45 years’ experience at the Club in her role of chairperson, coach and athlete. She regularly competes at Masters level, nationally and internationally, both in the sprints and long jump and has medalled in these events. She is a senior sprints coach and coaches athletes ranging from Juniors to Masters.

She is interested in improving all aspects of athletics for all athletes, officials, coaches from the Lincolnshire Region and beyond. Denise’s decision to join the Regional Council was to try to be a voice between the Lincolnshire clubs and England Athletics.