East Midlands Regional Council

Council Members

  • Dr David Lodwick (Chair)
  • Peter Fendley
  • Jemma Arbon
  • Jane Pidgeon
  • Debbie Smith
  • Mel Naylor (co-opted)
  • Denise Timmis (co-opted)

Chair

David LodwickA keen runner who competes about 25 times a year in road, cross country and fell races, I also coach, officiate and organise races. I have been a regional councillor for six years and Chair of the East Midlands for the last two. I am also Chair of a small road running club, Roadhoggs Leicester AC, the Leicestershire & Rutland AA and the Leicestershire Running and Athletics Network.

I am a relative late-comer to the sport, having started 16 years ago but athletics has changed my life and that’s why I am motivated to share the pleasure it gives me with others and to do what I can to keep the sport healthy. The diversity of our sport is both a strength and a challenge; I think it is important that our NGB provides effective support to all disciplines.

Clubs

Dave Lodwick is the appointed member responsible for clubs in the East Midlands, you can contact him via east-mids-council-clubs@englandathletics.org

Dave is an enthusiastic (albeit undistinguished) competitor over country, fell and road. When not competing he coaches, leads beginner groups, officiates, marshals and volunteers in many areas of grass roots athletics. He is Chair of Roadhoggs Leicester AC, the Leicestershire Running and Athletics Network and a former Chair of the Leicestershire Road Running League. He believes that the voice of the grass roots sport needs to be heard at all levels of the organisation and wants to ensure that all disciplines and all levels of ability are properly represented.

Coaching

Peter Fendley is the appointed member responsible for coaching in the East Midlands, you can contact him via east-mids-council-coaching@englandathletics.org

Officials

Jane Pidgeon is the appointed member responsible for officials in the East Midlands, you can contact her via east-mids-council-officials@englandathletics.org

Jane is a member of Notts AC with 35 years’ involvement as an athlete, competing at club, county, regional, national and international level. She is British record holder for her age group in the 2000m steeplechase and has held European and World titles at this event. She has been involved in organising and running events in the local area, through Notts AC and the County for many years. Jane has experience as a track, field and endurance official and has undertaken the course to be a level 1 track tutor. She has also been selected to officiate at both the Para World Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships 2017. Jane is interested in improving all aspects of athletics for all involved (athletes, clubs and officials) through good communication and putting people’s views forward.