North East Regional Council

Council Members

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


Janice KaufmanI am 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.  I also coach several parallel success athletes and have previously coached a Paralympian sprinter who competed at the 2010 World Championships and 2012 Olympics.  In 2018 I was successfully nominated as England Athletics National Coach of the Year award.  I am also a Level 2 field official.

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

My 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


Hemant K Desai is the appointed member responsible for clubs in the North East, you can contact him via

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.

Hement 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.

Hement’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.


Janice Kaufman is the appointed member responsible for coaching in the North East, you can contact her via

Janice is a sprints, hurdles and jumps coach based in Gateshead, she coaches across the age and ability groups and has been coaching for around 15 years. She is a Tutor on the Coaching Assistant course and was also a member of the NCDP for Speed and a past participant on the Female Coach Legacy programme.


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