East Regional Council

Council Members

  • Clive Poyner (Chair)
  • Neil Costello
  • Rebecca Gilbertson
  • Paul Pickard
  • Matthew Dalton
  • Rebecca Pickard
  • Tim Cook


Clive PoynerI have been involved in our sport for in excess of 40 years in one guise or another.  In that time I have been an athlete, committee member, coach, track official, timekeeper, team manager, Chair of City of Norwich AC, member of the YDL action group and founding member of a running club. In my current volunteer capacity. I still coach, officiate, team manager and Chair Norfolk Sportshall and Athletics Norfolk as well as taking an active role with the East Region Council.

Having recently been appointed to Chair the East region my particular focus will be on officials – recruitment, development and retention as I see this as a major constraint to the sustainability of our sport.

Away from athletics I am a senior member of the management team of a successful engineering business; some of the management skills I have developed I hope to bring to my council role.


Neil Costello and Clive Poyner are the appointed members responsible for clubs in the East, you can contact them via eastchair@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.


You can make contact via eastchair@englandathletics.org


You can make contact via eastchair@englandathletics.org