North East Regional Council

Council Members

  • Chris Betts – Chair
  • Hemant Desai
  • Rick Betts
  • Michael Baker
  • Timothy Dredge
  • Janice Kaufman
  • Russell Deane


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.


Chris Betts is the appointed member responsible for officials in the North East, you can contact him via

Chris Betts has been active in the North East for many years and is joint track and field County Officials Secretary along with Matt Davison and also Archie Jenkins who has the Endurance portfolio. Chris is also the North East Counties track and field sub-committee chairman, and helps organise the country track and field championships, along with the Open pentathlon meetings, all both indoor and outdoor.