Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Council

Council Members

  • Moira Gallagher (Chair)
  • Edwin Bellamy
  • John Curry
  • David Paver
  • Janita Maaranen
  • William Eldridge
  • Samantha Isaac
  • Terry Bailey (co-opted)

Chair

Moira GallagherMy involvement in athletics began in 1961 when I joined Gosforth Harriers moving later to Darlington Harriers and then Leeds City AC, my current club where I am an Honorary Life member. By the mid 1970s I had reached senior coach level in sprints and relays along with club coach level in hurdles, long jump and middle distance. During the 1980s I coached the British wheelchair track team including the Seoul Paralympics. All of this whilst teaching full time!

Whilst teaching children with physical disability  I developed the AAA Five Star Award for this group as well as organising regional events and helping organise the National Junior Championships. I still officiate at events for athletes with a disability including acting as referee for the IPC section of the London Marathon.

My main roles now involve officiating, officials’ education and administration. I began officiating in 1970 and have  moved into management roles as well, officiating at all levels from local open meetings and leagues through to the Olympics and Paralympics.

I’m currently Chair of the UKA Technical Advisory Group and a member of other sub-groups and forums. In addition I am a member of the Northern Tri Regional Officials’ Group which includes acting as upgrading secretary for the North and am a tutor for Level 1, Level 4 and Competition Management Awards for officials. I’m also a Vice President of Yorkshire County AA.

This is only a snapshot of my very enjoyable involvement in athletics for very many years and I hope that I can continue to help develop the sport so that others can also enjoy it.

Clubs

David Paver is the appointed member responsible for clubs in Yorkshire & Humberside, you can contact him via yorks-and-humber-council-clubs@englandathletics.org

David is a member of City of York AC. He was/is a competitor in road, cross country and the Northern Track & Field League.

David is an Official across all disciplines of Track & Field. He officiates at a full range of events from local to national track & field championships, at cross country locally including at the Yorkshire & Northern Championships and at road events, mainly is his role as York Millennium Bridge Race co-organiser.

David is Secretary of North Yorkshire Schools Athletics. He is Team Manager and fulfils other roles for North Yorkshire Sportshall Athletics teams and is the Team Manager for the Yorkshire and Humberside London Mini Marathon team.

David is a Member of the England Eligibility Committee, dealing with Club Transfers and Eligibility Rules. This gives David contact with the England Athletics Registration Scheme.

Having done many jobs within the sport and met many fellow volunteers at events and through email contact, David is keen to support the interests of those who do the voluntary work in our sport. He knows that those who work in clubs, whether in Coaching, Admin, Officiating, Team Managing, Event Organising have a lot of demands on them and that clubs need people in all these roles. He is keen to see how the “system” can make things easier for them.

Coaching

You can get in touch via yorks-and-humber-council-coaching@englandathletics.org.

Officials

Moira Gallagher (MBE) is the appointed member responsible for officials in Yorkshire & Humberside, you can contact her via yorks-and-humber-council-officials@englandathletics.org

Moira has fulfilled this role since the Regional Council began having been first a co-opted and then an elected Councillor. Her involvement is because she sees the development of athletics at grass roots level as being vital if the sport is to thrive. Officials are a very important part of the sport as they enable competition to take place.

Moira has been an athletics official since 1970 and has officiated at many events at all level including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow, the IPC World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and both the Olympics and Paralympics in London. This wide range of events from club/school upwards still continues and also includes endurance and race walking. Her involvement in Para-athletics began in 1975.

Acting as a tutor for all levels is another way in which she is involved and recently she has been part of the team re-designing the Level 1 Tutor training course to make it more interactive and more interesting for those attending.

As Chair of the UKA Track and Field Officials’ Education and Training sub group she is involved in the education and assessment system for officials from attendance at a Level 1 course through to Level 4 and Management level. This is also reflected in the North where she leads work on the development of officials who wish to progress to the higher levels of the system as well as offering advice to those in the early stages. In addition, Moira coordinates all the applications for Level 4 both in the North and Nationally.