UK Athletics Members

Jason Gardener MBE


[Current Term End Date : AGM 2023]

Jason is currently the President of UKA having been elected at the AGM in December 2015.  Born in Bath, Somerset started his career at the World Junior Championships in 1994, where he was placed second in the individual 100m and bettered this to take his first gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team.  In 1999 he took bronze at the World indoors in the 60m, breaking the British record, and later that year saw him run 9.98s breaking the 10 second barrier for the first time in the 100m. He was also part of the national record breaking 4x100m relay team along with Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish, and Dwain Chambers that they set in Seville, Spain running 37.73 seconds.

Jason competed for City of Bath AC and Wessex and Bath AC during his career.

In 2005 he was awarded the MBE.


BSC Hons Media & Sociology at Bath Spa University (2003)

Other Commitments:

Co-Owner of Team Super Schools

Sports Consultant for Youth Sports Trust, Red Bull and United Learning Trust.  UKA Representative on the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Occasional athletics presenter for Eurosport, Channel Four & BBC

Career summary:

Olympic Champion 4x100m 2004

World Champion Indoor 60m 2004

European Champion Indoor 60m 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007

Commonwealth Games Champion 4x100m 2002

GB Athletics Men’s Team Captain and England Men’s Team Captain Commonwealth Games 2002

Stef Reid MBE

Vice President

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2023]

Stef is a Paralympic long jumper who competes for Great Britain. She is a five-time world record holder, long jump world champion (London 2017), and triple Paralympic medallist in the long jump (2016, 2012) and 200m sprint (2008).

She has an honours degree in biochemistry, and away from the track works as a broadcaster, speaker, and actor.

Stef is a member of the British Paralympic Association Athlete Commission and an ambassador for the Leprosy Mission UK.  She also served as a director representing athletes for the London 2017 World Athletics Championships.

Stef trains at Loughborough University alongside her wheelchair racing husband, Brent Lakatos.  The duo are working hard towards Tokyo 2020.  When Stef is not training or working, you will probably find her hiking, reading, baking, or doing yoga!

Gary Shaughnessy

England Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Gary is an active member of Tadley Runners and a registered athlete with England Athletics.

Within his professional career, he most recently worked for M&G Investments & Prudential Group, Fidelity International, and Zurich, ultimately being promoted to the Group Executive Committee as CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

In 2019, three years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Gary stepped back from full time commercial life and took on the roles of chair at Parkinson’s UK, senior adviser to the Zurich Group and chair of the Z Zurich Foundation, a global charitable trust.

Gary has completed 25 marathons and enjoyed over a quarter of a century with Whitchurch United Football Club, as a player, chair, youth team manager and now president.

Ronald Morrison

Scotland Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Ron was elected as President of scottishathletics in 2019, having previously held the post from 1997-99.

An U21 Hammer internationalist he is still semi–active and has won nine Scottish Masters titles in various events. His love of cross country running saw him President of the SCCU (1985-6) and the SAF (1997-9) where he led the setting up of the current professional business structure of the sport.

As an official, his expertise has been recognised with the UKA Endurance Official of the Year award, and the appointment as Referee at the World Cross Country championships in Edinburgh in 2008 and Marathon Referee for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

He has a professional background as Professor of Computing at St Andrews University, where Ron remains closely involved with coaching endurance athletes at the University and through Fife AC.

Steve Perks

Wales Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Steve was appointed Chair of Welsh Athletics in April 2019.

Steve has a thorough and detailed knowledge of the sport having worked in a variety of paid and voluntary roles and competed for Wales as a sprinter himself. He has an impressive track record as a leader, having been a headmaster of two secondary schools, Brecon High School and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman Ammanford.

Steve has also worked at the highest levels in the sport of Athletics having been the head coach at the Victoria Commonwealth Games in 1994, the GB relay coach at the Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympic Games where the relay team won the gold medal.

In 2004 he was inducted into the Coaching Hall of Fame by the Princess Royal at the Coaching Awards in London.

David Abrahams

Northern Ireland Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

David is the Charity & Commercial Manager for Marsh Ltd Belfast – providing Insurance and Risk Management Advice to many commercial organisations in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. He is currently a member of Glens Runners. Previously he competed for Gloucester AC, Essex Beagles AC and finally Ballymena and Antrim AC.

Back in the early 80’s David competed for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in a number of international meetings. The highlights of his career were a 4th place at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games representing England and breaking the British Indoor High Jump record in 1983. One of the most satisfying and unlikely medals won along the way was a silver medal in the Midland Counties AAA Decathlon.

In his working life David was previously a partner in a local Insurance Brokerage where he learnt the skills required to run a business and is now working for a multinational organisation in a management role which in itself requires a different set of skills. In addition to his people and budget management role David specialises in providing Insurance and Risk Management advice to Charities and Not for profit organisations.


Andrew Heyes

Athletes Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Andrew is a middle to long distance runner who has competed for Great Britain on both track and cross-country. He was British Indoor Champion in the 3000m in 2018.

Andrew holds a master’s degree in medical sciences from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree in sport psychology from Sheffield Hallam University, a master’s degree in psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has just completed his PhD thesis in sport psychology at the University of Birmingham.

Andrew is a member of the UKA Athletes’ Commission, taking on role of Chair from November 2021. In addition to this, Andrew also sits on the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission and the WADA Social Science Research Expert Advisory Group.

Roland Gibbard

Road Runners Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2022]

A retired internal auditor, Roland has been involved in road running for most of his life as an athlete, official and race organiser and is a member of Charnwood AC.

He currently holds the posts of President of BARR and is a member of the UKA Road Running Management Group and the South West Regional Licensing Panel. He acts as a tutor for UKA.

Roland welcomes any points that members would like him to raise on their behalf and this to include cross country, trail, fell or multi terrain disciplines.

Mke Leonard

Mike Leonard

Coaches Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2025]

Mike has coached for over 30 years and holds or has held various roles within the sport. He is currently a Regional Coach and Talent Lead for Speed for England Athletics having previously been a National Coach Mentor within the National Coaching Development Programme. Mike is also a coach tutor across the range of coaching qualifications.

Now retired Mike spent 20 years in the charity sector in various senior finance roles and has a MSc in Charity Finance.

Julian Starkey

Clubs Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2023]

Julian is currently the Chair at Bracknell Athletics Club, a Level 2 Endurance Coach and Level 4 Technical Official. He is also the chair of the England Athletics Regional Council and sits on the EA regional council as well as the YDL committee and the Berkshire Athletics Association.

He is a part time Civil Servant in the MoD with a background in providing scientific advice and evidence for decision making. He has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially qualifying in Mechanical Engineering he also holds a masters degree in Coaching and Behavioural Change, with a dissertation focusing on volunteering.

Arwel Williams

Officials Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2023]

Arwel retired as a Senior Police Officer and has been the Hon Sec. of Liverpool Harriers & AC for over a decade, having been at the club for nearly 30 years, with many roles at the club including being YA Team Manger and a L3 Middle Distance Coach. He chairs the UK Athletics Endurance Education and Training Sub-Group, is the Endurance Representative on the Northern Athletics Executive Board and the Chair of Merseyside County AA.

He has refereed internationally, including the IAAF Half Marathon in Cardiff and the Dubai Marathon in 2019 amongst many other events. He was the Out-of-Stadium Events Manager for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. He has been selected as an official at every major championship staged in the UK, since the 2012 Olympic Games. He is also an experienced Field Referee who has regularly refereed at national level and has been a member of the UKA Field Peer Group.

He is a regular tutor on endurance officials’ courses and is closely involved with organising events at local, regional and national level in both Track and Field, and Endurance. He has significant experience working in governance professionally and within athletics. He would be pleased to hear from all officials with any views that would enhance their experience and the sport.

Grace Hall

Clubs Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2025]

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