Regional Coach Leads

Regional Coach Leads are the main point of contact for coaches in their geographical area; North, Midlands, South East, South West. The Regional Coach Leads are responsible for answering queries/emails about their specific event group.They are here to answer questions on coaching and athlete progression and can help with referring to other specialists should the need arrive.  The Regional Coach Leads also organise the regional workshops programme for their event group area with the event area lead.

Regional Coach Lead area map - June 2021


Sprints and Hurdles: Graham Pilkington –

Graham is a Level 4 Performance Speed Coach based at Litherland Sports Park, Merseyside and has over 21 years experience as a coach. As well as coaching his own Squad he undertakes a variety of roles for British and England Athletics. These include International Coach and Team Management, AASE Programme Athlete Mentoring and the Delivery of Movement Skill and Event Integration Days for England Athletics.

Endurance: Darren Reevell –

Regional Coaching Lead for Endurance (North). Darren has been coaching for over 14 years, working with athletes of all abilities, from beginners through to International athletes. He has been England Team Coach and Team Manager and numerous international events throughout Europe, and is the England Team Manager for the Anglo Celtic Plate 100k. Alongside this he also delivers flying coach visits, tutors England Athletics workshops, and is actively involved in the delivery of the England Athletics Club Run programme.

Jumps and Combined Events: Jamie French –

Jamie French has been a qualified athletics coach for 23 years.  He is an experience coach education tutor and assessor who has helped to shape the current set of Coach Education courses for British and England Athletics.  He predominantly coaches Jumps and Sprints, although has coached a number of international multi-eventers, middle distance athletes and bobsleigh/Skelton.  He has recently coached a number of England and Great Britain International Athletes, and has team managed the England Athletics Jumps squad in an international competition as part of the National Coach Development Programme.  He is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, helping to deliver both the Physical Education and Spots Studies courses.  His research is predominantly in the use of High Intensity Warm Ups (HIWU) to enhance performance and interventions to be used prior to start and in-between rounds of Triple and Long Jump competitions.

Throws: James Taylor –

James is a throws coach based in South Yorkshire specialising in shot and discus, coaching athletes from grassroots to national level. Alongside his dedicated throws group he also supports local multi events coaches for throws. In 2019, athletes coached by James secured medals at the English Schools Championships and competed at the Junior and Senior Championships. James is currently mentored by Mark Chapman having previously been mentored by Ivan Washington for a number of years. He is developing a young group of throwers and now has athletes on to the Junior Talent Programme and Youth Talent Programme.


Sprints and Hurdles: Shani Palmer –

Please contact England Athletics Event Group Lead for Speed Shani Palmer for any midlands queries.

Endurance: Kyle Bennett –

Kyle has been coaching for over 15 years, working with athletes of all abilities, from beginners through to International athletes. He is a talent coach mentor on the youth and junior talent programmes mentoring coaches and athletes. Kyle is the lead strength and conditioning coach at Imperial College in London where he runs the performance programme. He is also the head endurance coach for the University of Oxford.

Jumps and Combined Events: Kate Rooney –

Kate is the former British record holder in the pole vault with a lifetime best of 4.61m. During her athletic career, she amassed no fewer than 12 British Records. Kate represented Team GB at two Olympic Games and finished 6th at the World and European Championships in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Prior to retiring in 2012, Kate won the bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Following her retirement, she turned her hand to coaching the event and saw immediate success with coaching Henrietta Paxton, Katie Byres and Gregor McLean to the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow. In 2019, Kate was appointed the GB PV Coach at the 2019 European u23 Championships in Gavle, Sweden, where all three pole vault boys reached the final. Presently, Kate is coaching alongside British Athletics National Performance Institute Senior Coach for Pole Vault, Scott Simpson to help develop pole vault at Loughborough University.

Throws: Stuart Carlaw –

Stuart is a shot and discus coach based in Northamptonshire and is a former member of the National Coach Development Program and currently a member of the British Athletics Futures Programme. Stuart held team coach positions for various England and GB teams in 2019. He has also delivered a range of Shot Masterclasses for England Athletics. He has a BSc in Sports Science. In 2019, athletes coached by Stuart achieved 16 national medals, 8 national titles, a top 8 European finish and 2 national records in both Shot Put and Discus.

South West

Sprints: Harry King –

A former GB International sprinter and British record holder Harry has been coaching at performance level for over 15 years; with experience gleaned also from a period coaching in professional football.  He has worked full time for UK Athletics as a Performance Coach and headed up the National Relay Programme both coaching and as Relays Manager.  Currently Harry is a Senior Performance Coach at Brunel University, Team Coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and newly appointed National Coach Lead for Speed and Relays.

Hurdles: Martin Owens –

Martin is a Level 4 qualified coach operating at the University of Birmingham and brings significant experience and knowledge – having been coaching running for over 30 years.

Endurance: Mark Brace –

A former Area Coach Mentor South West, he oversees the South West Endurance Network (SWEN). He organised the National Endurance Conference in 2017. He is an England Athletics Team Manager and Movement Skills Tutor.

Jumps and Combined Events: Denis Doyle –

England Athletics National Coach Mentor for High Jump and North Wales Coach and Athlete Support.  Officer (all events), Denis has coached for over 47 years across all sectors of the sport from grassroots to Olympic level.  His experience also includes serving as a team manager for Great Britain and England and coaching with British, Irish and Indian teams at four Olympics and six World Championships.  He is an IAAF Level 5 Elite Jumps Coach, UKA Level 4 Performance Coach and international lecturer, and has guided over 30 athletes from several nations to international success, five at Olympic level, with ten of them setting national records. Two of his former charges include National Coach ‘Fuzz’ Ahmed and British Athletics Futures Manager Jo Summers and current European junior bronze medallist Tom Gayle.

Throws: Mark Bradford –

Established in coaching the javelin throw for over 10 years and recognised as one of the leading javelin coaches in the UK, Mark has a broad base of knowledge and experience that has seen him coach performance at National and International level. He currently coaches the U20 National champion, Tom Hewson (69.13m). Former member of the National Coach Development Programme, Mark excels in his role as a coach mentor contributing to National priorities such as the U17 girls javelin project and regional coach and athlete workshops. Mark is the UK lead for the Finnish Javelin Carnival, annually organising the opportunity for some of the UK’s most promising talent to train and compete in Finland. As a British Weightlifting Association qualified coach, he compliments his event expertise coaching athletes and coaches in strength and conditioning.

South East

Hurdles – Tony Jarrett –

Tony is a former Silver Medallist in the 110 metres hurdles at the World Championships in 1993 and 1995; the European Championships in 1990; and Gold Medallist from the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  He is now a top class sprints and hurdles coach based in London.  Tony has coached athletes from English Schools Champions to full GB international level.

Sprints – Mike Leonard –

Mike is an experienced coach and coaches athletes across a wide range of ages and abilities from club to international. He is a UK Athletics Tutor and from 2013 to 2017 was a National Coach Mentor fro Speed within the NCDP. He is passionate about athletics and enjoys sharing his coaching philosophy and ideas with other coaches.

Endurance: Jo Wilkinson –

Jo has been involved in athletics for over 35 years from childhood to senior level as an athlete and coach. She competed at international level on track, road and XC including Commonwealth Games, European Championship and World XC representation and finished in the top 20 in the London Marathon Elite Women’s Race. As an Endurance Event Group Coach she brings all her reflections and experience of being coached by leading GB coaches and competing at a high level to her own coaching. Jo currently coaches predominantly marathon runners with several England Masters Athletes in her group.

Jumps and Combined Events: Guy Spencer –

Coached horizontal jumps for 20 years, it started when he was asked to look after a promising young triple jumper – “because if you don’t nobody else will”. That young athlete was Tosin Oke, and working with him over two spells has given Guy an insight with what it takes to develop an athlete from their first ever session to an Olympic final. In the ensuing two decades, Guy has been extremely privileged to work with many dedicated and talented young men and women jumpers – with some of his coaching highlights being becoming an inaugural member of the NCDP scheme in 2009, working with 13 athletes who have won medals at a National level, coaching 10 athletes who have triple jumped over 15m – including two over 16m and one over 17m, coaching the National Champions of Nigeria, Jamaica and Botswana.

Throws: Garry Power –

Garry was part of the National Coach Development Programme.  He has experience coaching individuals from fundamentals through to junior international.  He has been a team coach at World Youth Olympics, European Teams and a European Winter Throws.  Additionally he delivers the Movement Skills & Physical Preparation workshops and Assistant Coach award.