London Regional Council

Council Members

  • Ellie Brown (Chair)
  • Ben Noad
  • Adrian Day
  • Mark Purser
  • David Clarke
  • Nadia Williams
  • Tony Ganio

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Chair – Ellie Brown

Ellie BrownMy athletics journey began aged 11 at Winchester AC competing at school and county level in long jump and 800m. I became an active member of Kent AC 15 years ago. I have served on the committee as Women’s cross-country secretary for the past ten years and currently hold the position of Club President. I am a Level 2 Performance Coach, committed to widening participation and growing club membership. My children were members of Cambridge Harriers where I held the position as team manager for young athletes: my son still competes as a Javelin thrower.

I joined the London Regional Council as a co-opted member in 2014 and have been a full council member for the past two years.

My professional experience started in the restaurant business, where I was a board director of Jamies plc, combining organisational management, strategic leadership, and communications – including public speaking. In 2002 I set up a business, based in my community, combining my love of sport and fitness with my business expertise. I have been instrumental in developing, supporting and delivering on numerous health and fitness initiatives designed to engage women, families and young people. In 2012 I received a Council Civic Award in recognition of my contribution to the community. I continue to train and compete in a range of events.

It is a privilege to be able to bring my passion for athletics and running together with my unique mix of experience as a competitor, coach, community organiser and strategic leader to serve the sport.

Adrian Day

Adrian DayAdrian is a keen masters sprinter, competing at the World and European championships in both individual and relay events. He is a Leader in Running Fitness and member of both Vets AC and Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club.

A qualified Non-Executive Director, Adrian has held leadership and consulting in roles in several London brand, marketing and communications agencies and is now an independent consultant advising organisations on their brand and communications strategy.

Tony Ganio

Tony Ganio London Regional CouncilMy favoured sport during my school years was running – as my eye to ball coordination was never that good so football and cricket were generally ignored. I sprinted in the summer and ran cross country in the winter up to county standard. On leaving school , I became involved in importing fresh produce- after a few years I started my own business and then in later years was trading director in a PLC. Initially I concentrated on my career and then returned to run marathons in my 30s . Running days are now over, and am now a keen cyclist and gym user.

I have been a member of Belgrave Harriers since 1991, and for the past 2 years I have been their coaching secretary. I started coaching in 1990 and am a level 3 coach at middle distance, long jump and triple jump. I specialise in coaching horizontal jumps and spend my time between Battersea track and David Weir Centre, Carshalton. Over the past couple of years I have been taking a lesser involvement in fresh produce and increasing my activities in athletics. In fact seeing that there is a shortage of officials, I qualified as level 1 field judge.

David Clarke

David ClarkeI have been a member of Hercules Wimbledon AC since 1976, competing at club, county, national and international level on track, road and cross-country. In 1990 I took on the role of England Junior XC team manager and helped select and run junior teams until I became GB XC Senior men’s’ team manager in 1995. A position I held until 2004. From 1999 until 2004, I was also involved as a team official with the GB U20 Track and Field teams at European and World Championships. I would like to feel that I learnt a great deal from working with our elite athletes, not only the distance runners but also the sprinters and field event athletes and enjoyed excellent relationships with athletes and coaches.

I have been a level 3 athletics coach since the mid-1990s and have held the post of Chairman of Hercules Wimbledon for the last five years, attending monthly committee meetings. As a teacher for over 30 years, I am actively involved in school athletics and help out every year as a team manager with the Middlesex Schools XC team at the English Schools’ XC championships.