East Regional Council

Council Members

  • Mick Shortland – Chair
  • Neil Costello
  • Clive Poyner
  • Phil Sergent
  • Rebecca Gilbertson
  • Paul Pickard
  • Rebecca Pickard
  • Rebecca Tuff
  • Tim Cook


Neil Costello and Clive Poyner are the appointed members responsible for clubs in the East, you can contact them via east-council-clubs@englandathletics.org

Neil is a member of Cambridge and Coleridge AC and has been involved in athletics for many years as competitor, coach, official and general volunteer. He is an endurance coach and continues to take part in road races and cross country races when his legs are willing.

Before retiring Neil worked as an economist in the public and private sectors. He has experience of the complex issues involved in running a club, including recruiting and supporting volunteers, working with external partners such as facility providers and linking club activities with the local community.

Clive started out competing for Halesowen and Bromsgrove, around 40 years ago, as a reasonable County standard 400m/800m runner. At 18 he became a coach and went on to Chair the University team. Before moving to Norfolk, Clive coached the winner of the European Masters’ 400m title. As a founder member of Reepham Runners, Clive ran a number of half marathons before his daughter got him back into track & field some 10 years ago.

He now has coaching qualifications in throws and jumps, has trained as a track/field judge and timekeeper, been Chair of City of Norwich AC and the local Athletics Network. His current focus is on Coaching and Development with City of Norwich AC and coordinating Team Norfolk in the UK Youth Development League as youth development is his major interest, including Sportshall.


Mick Shortland and Phil Sergeant are the appointed members responsible for coaching in the East, you can contact them via east-council-coaching@englandathletics.org

Mick is a former teacher of physical education and has coached in schools, further education and more recently, athletics clubs. Like so many other coaches; Mick began coaching at Stevenage and North Herts AC when his daughter joined the club as an athlete. Capable of turning his hand to coaching a range of events Mick’s main strength is in coaching hammer throwers and is proud to say that his squad ranges from u15 to veteran age groups.

Always on the lookout for ways to develop his coaching expertise Mick was a member of the initial first Local Coach Development cohort. This led to him joining the National Coach Development programme and to him becoming a Coach Education tutor. He now delivers a range of coaching courses and event group specialist days.

Phil enjoyed all sports at school and was a keen cross country runner, later joining the road running boom of the 1980s. He, like many volunteers in athletics, was brought into volunteering when his children started at a club. As a Level 3 coach in Long Jump and High Jump Phil coaches a number of National Standard Combined Events athletes with his wife Sylvia at Chelmsford AC.

As well as coaching, Phil is a qualified starter/marksman and Field Judge. In recent history he has been Secretary of Chelmsford Athletics Club during the phase to the building of the new outdoor and indoor facility there, and Essex County Secretary for four years. He is currently a Committee member of Essex County AA, Chelmsford AC, and the Essex Athletics Network.

On the coaching side Phil was a member of the Local Coach Development Programme and of the National Coach Development Programme for Long Jump. He has 14 years’ experience of assisting schools with athletics development and club/schools’ associations. He has over 20 years’ experience in athletics and is keen to assist athletics clubs and coaches in the East as best he can. He was awarded England Athletics National Development Coach of the Year for 2010.


Terry McEntee is the appointed member responsible for officials in the East, you can contact him via east-council-officials@englandathletics.org

Terry has been involved in athletics for over 30 years in schools, at club level and within local community activities. As a participant he has been a distance runner taking part in cross country, fell running and road running. He fondly remembers taking part in the first London Marathon in 1981. His activities are now more leisurely including recreational cycling, golf, and the occasional run. He was awarded Life Membership of Blackburn Harriers & AC in 1999 for services to the club before moving to Suffolk where he helps with junior activity, as an official and with the Suffolk Essex Athletics Network.

A member of the East Region Council from the outset, Terry provides a key link to Suffolk through his professional role with Suffolk Sport and links with the wider sports and community sectors, in particular Sport England, education, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector. Beyond specific athletics queries he is happy to be contacted with any query on development opportunities and funding through the wider sports sector in particular Sport England.