UK Athletics places a great importance on health and safety of all those involved in the sport of athletics, and to demonstrate this commitment has established a new UK wide Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
The SAG, which is made up of a representative from each Home Country Athletics Federation (England Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland and Welsh Athletics) alongside qualified and experienced Health & Safety practitioners, covers every discipline of the sport and aims to provide clear guidance and support to all those involved in the management and delivery of athletics events and activity.
Our ambitions are:
Develop and implement a common safety framework covering all disciples of the sport
Ensure we provide our stakeholders with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in relation to safety and provide succinct, appropriate guidance to support them in delivering athletics events and activities
Develop clear channels of communication with key stakeholders that facilitates effective consultation, engagement and implementation
Aspire to continuous improvement and best practice in everything we do
Have external bodies recognise UKA/HCAFs as custodians of exemplar safety policy and delivery
The Advisory Group:
Michael Hunt – UKA Facilities and Health & Safety Manager
Michael is a Sports Degree Honours graduate of Borough Road Sports College with over 20years experience in sport & leisure facility management, sports development and sports marketing. Michael holds the NEBOSH General Health & Safety certificate and the CIM Diploma in Marketing.
Living in Greater Manchester, Michael is a keen athlete and competes on the track (800m) for Trafford Athletic Club.
Andrew Buchanan – H&S Practitioner
Andrew is a Chartered health and safety practitioner with 17 years’ experience working in transportation, construction and facilities management industries.
Andrew is a Father of two athletics mad children, and is training up to be a field official for the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club.
Stewart Caithness - Representing Scottish Athletics
Biography to follow
Peter Crawshaw - Representing England Athletics
Peter has been closely involved in athletics for over 30 years as a competitor, parent, club administrator, highly qualified field official, and facility assessor.
Since taking early retirement from working in the City of London in a senior Finance role he has increased his voluntary involvement in the sport.
Chris Moss – Representing Welsh Athletics
Chris is currently the Development Manager at Welsh Athletics and has various roles professionally within the governing body over the last 12 years. A former international athlete, he is now tutor of both coach and officials education and also undertakes various voluntary roles across the sport.
In addition to being a member of the Safety Advisory Group Chris is also a member of the UKA Coach Education Steering Group as well as other policy and working groups across Welsh sport.
Roger Perrott – Representing Athletics Northern Ireland
Roger is from Bangor, Northern Ireland. As a member of North Down Athletics Club Roger represented Northern Ireland in the Javelin and is now a Starter with British Athletics at national events.
He is a former RAF pilot but after leaving the RAF he retrained as an Architect at Nottingham University where he met his wife Ange.
Roger is Managing Director of C60 Architects and Town Planners in Belfast which he set up in 2012. Roger has designed many major buildings including factories for Coca-Cola and the Kingspan Rugby Stadium for Ulster Rugby.
Nigel Rowe – H&S Event specialist
Nigel has been organising events for over 30 years. He started his pathway by organising corporate events before moving into mass participation events. Nigel was race director of the Plymouth Half Marathon for 19 years and Consultant Race Director for Cardiff Half Marathon for 5 years and has recently obtained a Diploma in Event Safety Management from Derby University.