North East Regional Council

Council Members

  • Janice Kaufman (Chair)
  • Russell Dickinson-Deane
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Harry Matthews
  • Christopher Mole

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 has 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 her 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.

Kevin Johnson

Regional Council member 2021: Kevin JohnsonKevin has been immersed in athletics since joining Elswick Harriers in 1969. He progressed through county and regional representation to international level, representing England and GB in the marathon in 1983 and 1984.

His professional career began as a PE teacher, then a Recreation Manager with South Tyneside Council, during which time he developed Monkton Stadium. Later he enjoyed senior roles with Alan Pascoe’s sports marketing agency, working on British Athletics, in London and then ISL Marketing, in Switzerland, working on World Athletics. In 2001 his professional life took him to Scotland, as Chief Executive of a new visitor destination, Loch Lomond Shores. He joined the local club, Helensburgh AAC, serving as President from 2009-2013, as well as creating and chairing the Babcock 10k Series.

In 2018 Kevin qualified as an Athletics Coach. On returning to his native North East in 2021 he joined Gateshead Harriers.

Harry Matthews

Regional Council member 2021: Harry MatthewsHarry has been passionate about the sport of athletics and running ever since he joined his club, Elswick Harriers in 1959, aged 12. A past President, Hon. Life Member, and current Chairman and Acting Secretary of his club. His involvement also includes Chairman of England Masters Athletics Association, Executive member of the British Masters Athletics Federation and Hon. Life Member of North East Masters Athletics Association.

Harry is well known among the North East athletics club community. He is still an active competitor, Run Britain Adjudicator and qualified Run Leader. He has gained a number of medals in regional, national and international Masters Championships.