Northern Athletics Officials’ Association



The Northern Athletics Officials’ Association (NAOA) is an independent association of Technical Officials involved in supporting North of England athletics meetings. We are affiliated to England Athletics and the association is open to licenced Technical Officials, including those in training.

The aims of the NAOA are to:

• Act at all times in the best interests of its Members.
• Encourage a high standard of officiating.
• Raise the status of Technical Officials.
• Represent the views of Members on issues affecting Technical Officials.
• Improve the standard of facilities provided for Technical Officials.
• Assist in the training of Technical Officials.

The association was formed in 2003 and organises an annual conference, provides advice, supports training and distributes UKA rule books to its members. Our association is managed by a General Committee and committee members are elected annually at the AGM and Conference.

NAOA Committee, Joining Information and Contacts 


Chairman: Paul Yates

Treasurer: Malcolm Brooks (vacant from October 2022)

Membership Secretary: Andy Parker (vacant from October 2022

Secretary: Paul Wilson


North West: Margaret Rushton & Jan Lishman

North East: Toby Jones, and a vacant position

Yorkshire and Humberside: Lesley Eldridge, Terry Bailey (vacant from October 2022)

Field: Patricia Mellish (vacant from October 2022)

Track: Jerry Watson

Starter and Starter’s Assistant (Marksman): William Eldridge

Timekeeping: Craig Barrett

To join NAOA please complete our membership form.

If you have a query or question, please email our secretary.