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UK Athletics

UK Athletics Members Council

Jason Gardener

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

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!

Myra Nimmo

Myra Nimmo 

England Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Myra has been the Chair of England Athletics since 2016.

Professor Nimmo is an academic whose research work has focused on exercise physiology with populations as wide as obese adults to elite athletes. Her career, although always in Higher Education has always involved sport, serving on numerous bodies including the UK Sports Council. She also led, with colleagues across the country, the development of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, based in the Midlands, London and Sheffield.

Professor Nimmo is a former international athlete in both 100m hurdles and long jump having competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and 1974 Commonwealth Games. She is the former Scottish National long jump record holder with a mark of 6.43 set in 1973.

Ian Beattie

Ian Beattie

Scotland Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Ian Beattie is a Chartered Accountant. He is Chief Operating Officer of Lindsays Solicitors and Chair of Scottish Athletics. Currently a member of Harmeny Athletic Club, Ian has previously been a member of Portobello, Strathearn Harriers, Central AC and Troon Tortoises, serving on the committee of most of those clubs. 

He is Race Director of the West Highland Way Race, having completed the event eight times, and has completed more than 100 marathons and 100 half marathons, with PBs of 2.56 and 1.17 respectively.

Steve Perks

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.

John Allen

John Allen 

Northern Ireland Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

John is a retired School Teacher and have been involved in Athletics for well over 50 years initially as a Northern Ireland International standard middle distance/cross country athlete and subsequently in various administrative/ committee roles within Athletics Northern Ireland. I have been a member of  Willowfield Harriers in Belfast for all my time in Athletics.

At present he is Chair of Athletics Northern Ireland, previously having been Secretary for a number of years. He is also Chair of the Belfast City Marathon organising committee and am Secretary of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council. 

Anthony Clements

Tony Clements

Celtic Nations Clubs Representative 

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2021]

Tony is the Secretary of Swansea Harriers, where he also helps with coaching in the junior section. He is a West Wales Regional Council representative on the Welsh Athletics General Council and more recently joined the Governance Sub-Committee of Welsh Athletics’ Board.

A retired local government Director of Social Services and Housing, Tony has been an active sportsperson all his life, enjoying rugby (when much younger), road running, swimming and more latterly walking.

Tony’s role on the UKMC provides a real opportunity for a specific Celtic nations and grassroots perspective, and would welcome any contact and views from track and field club members throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Hannah England

Hannah England

Athletes Representative

[No end date as representative position]

Hannah is a 2011 1500m World silver medallist and a 2012 Olympian. She is chair of the UK Athletics Athlete’s Commission, and represents this group on the UKA Members Council.

She is also a member of the European Athletics Athlete’s Committee. 

She is also a University of Birmingham Biochemistry graduate and a qualified Athletics Coach. 

Roland Gibbard

Roland Gibbard

Representative of Road Runners

[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.

Toni Minichiello

Toni Minichiello

Senior Coaches Representative 

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2021]

Toni Minichiello is a Level 4 qualified coach in heptathlon and a Level 3 qualified coach in combined events, horizontal jumps, shot/discus and Javelin. However, that only tells a fraction of his story. His current coaching career spans over 35 years coaching in athletics: a coaching career that notably oversaw the 18 year career of Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill alongside numerous other athletes whose achievements include Junior British Records, Senior British records and competing in the multiple major championships including the Olympics. In recent years he has also provided coaching support at both club and international level in sports as diverse as cricket and football.

A strong advocate for Coaches in the UK across all sports, Toni also sits as a Member of UK Sports Expert Coach Advisory Group, is an independent director on the board of British Basketball Federation, heading the Performance Management Group and is a member of the fellowship of Elite Coaches.

Toni is also in demand as keynote speaker for both sport and business whilst regularly featuring as an expert contributor for the BBC's athletics coverage. 

Julian Starkey

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

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.