West Midlands Regional Council

Council Members

  • Stuart Paul (Chair)
  • Lijana Kaziow
  • David Ashbourne
  • Martin Flowers
  • Pete Afford
  • Peter Coote
  • Tom Gould

You can get in touch via westmidschair@englandathletics.org


Stuart PaulI got involved in the sport through my family, my mother Janet, was coached by Nelson Neal, and achieved modest success, before I arrived and ruined her career!  She then got involved with Sportshall athletics in 1978, and together we ended up running the Birmingham league for nearly 40 years.

When my brother Andy joined Birchfield Harriers I was asked to volunteer helping with results and officiating. I took on organising the Birchfield Open and became the club’s Promotions Officer. I have now been on club committee for almost 20 years. I also coordinate the club’s heritage work and am writing a book on the club’s first 100 Olympians.

The late John Bullen, and his wife Maureen recruited me into being an official – I tried most of the disciplines but concentrated on being a Starter’s Assistant (marksman) – I achieved Grade One (now level 4) in 1997 and have been officiating at meetings ever since, – including Olympic, World, Para, European and Commonwealth Games. This year I’m the Lead for the UKA Starter/SA Peer Group, just one of several officials’ groups I contribute to.

Since retirement from teaching I have become a Couch to 5k graduate and have almost completed my first 100 Park runs. I occasionally Orienteer but rarely have time.

I’m really looking forward to the next few years as Birmingham prepares for CG2022. There is a lot to do to promote our sport in the local area and beyond.