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UK Athletics

UK Athletics Members Council

Jason Gardener

Jason Gardener MBE  


[Current Term End Date : AGM 2019]

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 


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.

Roy Corry

Roy Corry

Northern Ireland Representative

[No term end date as representative position]

Roy Corry has been involved in Athletics in Northern Ireland for the past 50 years. He is currently president and an active member of Willowfield Temperance Harriers (formed 1898).

Roy has also been Honorary Treasurer of Athletics Northern Ireland since 1995, and is a management board member.

He is a semi retired Chartered Managerment Accountant and was also Branch President - his personal hobbies include cycling, rugby and music.

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.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Clubs Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2019]

He believe club athletics is the soul of the sport.

In his many roles he has championed club athletics as the base from which all athletes, coaches & officials can develop as far as they wish.

Club competition in modern-day athletics is still highly relevant but it needs to change and I am determined to do whatever I can to ensure all athletes can participate in meaningful competitions whatever their age or performance level.


Trafford AC: Secretary, UK League Team Manager, Grand Prix Organiser and Level 4 Coach ( Distance )/Level 2 Coach (Pole Vault)

EA North West Regional Council member (Since 2011)

UK Women`s League: Rules Secretary

Announcer/Commentator: BMC National Grand Prix, England Athletics Age Group Champs

Greater Manchester AA Committee Member


UK Members Council: Coaches Representative - 2008 – 14

England Athletics Board: NED representing National Council - 2014 – 17

EA North West Regional Council Chair - 2014 – 17

EA Performance Advisory Group Chair - 2014 – 17 ( still a member )

BMC Race Organiser - Late 1980s – early 2000s

Greater Manchester AA: Champs Secretary - 2010 – 14

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. 

Wendy Haxell

Wendy Haxell

Officials Representative

[Current Term End Date : AGM 2019]

Retired school teacher. Interests include reading, scrabble, WI, music, cooking, travel and U3A.

Wendy qualified as a track judge 46 years ago, but now also works in photo finish. She is involved in management roles nationally but still maintains her interest in athletics at all levels including Sportshall and Special Olympics.

She acts as a tutor for UKA.

Hannah England

Hannah England 

Athlete Representative

[No end date - 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.