North East Regional Council

Council Members

  • Janice Kaufman (Chair)
  • Hemant Desai (Clubs)
  • Michael Baker
  • Russell Deane
  • Christopher Mole

Chair – Janice Kaufman

Janice KaufmanJanice is a Level 3 coach in Hurdles and high jump and coach a number of U17 to Senior athletes at club level, together with a Junior International Hurdler who has just moved into the Senior ranks.  She also coaches several parallel success athletes and have previously coached a Paralympian sprinter who competed at the 2010 World Championships and 2012 Olympics.  In 2018 she was successfully nominated as England Athletics National Coach of the Year award.  She is also a Level 2 field official.

In terms of Board experience, Janice is vice-chair of the UKYDL and Treasurer of Gateshead Harriers where she is also on the Charity committee.  She is the UK and Ireland Security Lead in my day job at a national corporate consulting company and has years of experience in various logistics, facilities and management roles.

Janice’s specific interest is in the development and retention of teenage athletes into senior athletes and providing the right level of coaching and competition for this age group

Clubs – Hemant Desai

Hemant Desai became involved in athletics following his children’s progress from around 1995 and volunteered with Morpeth Harriers & AC in the North East for many years with fund raising, officiating etc. In 2004 he became a member of the ESAA Local Organising Committee and Chair of Accommodation successfully helping deliver seven ESAA Track & Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.

Hemant has been an Athletics Officer and Network Co-ordinator for the Northumberland Athletics Network since 2008.

He is currently a member of Morpeth Harriers & AC Club Management Committee member, an Athletics Coach and also runs an A365 Academy and leads the North East Youth Development Cell. He set up an Athletics Community Group in Morpeth open to anyone from 5 years to 100 years who wants to participate in athletics without fear of having to join a competitive club.

Hemant is passionate about youth development and was a mentee on NCDP Youth Development with England Athletics. He is a qualified Athletics Coach, Children’s Coach and Leadership in Running Fitness. He also holds coaching qualification’s in archery, cricket and basketball.

Hemant’s main aim is to raise the profile of athletics through increasing participation of children from 5 years before they are lost to other sports.

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