About the company
Our mission is to make the Blackbridge track the most affordable and accessible athletics facility in the region.
Gloucester Athletics Track Management Ltd is a registered charity, no. 1148969, and our registered address is 13 Ardmore Close, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0BJ.
Meet the board
Bob Purcell
Managing Director
Bob is a retired registered nurse. His career spanned over 40 years in both the public and private health sectors with experience both in acute care and management. His most senior appointment was as a Director to one of the, then, largest health authorities in the UK. Additionally he served for over twenty years as a commissioned officer in the Army Medical Services (TA). Retiring at the rank of Major, he took part in many NATO exercises in Denmark, Germany and Cyprus, was briefly attached to the Royal Danish Army, and during the first Gulf war commanded the UK Reception Centre for returning casualties. In Athletics, he is a senior coach specialising in Sprints and in Strength and Conditioning. He is a Field Official and Timekeeper and a past member of England Athletics South West Regional Council.
Richard Blackwell
Richard has lived and worked in Gloucester all his life. Since 2004, Richard has worked for John Deere, before that, he spent 15 years working for the Whitbread Beer Company in various roles.
Richard took up athletics in 1977, since when he has been an influential player on the local athletics scene. He was captain of the Gloucester AC track & field team in their most successful spell in the 1980s, prior to moving to Severn AC in 1994 where he stayed for 14 years, holding the posts of Chair and track & field team manager over several years. He returned to the Gloucester club in 2009 where he is now a sprint and relay coach as well as Senior Track & Field Team Manager. He is also a qualified official and starter.
Albert Gardiner
Albert has a diverse background in education, having worked for the local authority since leaving school in 1993. Albert currently works for Bristol City Council as a Learning Manager (Head of Year), and prior to that worked for Gloucestershire County Council in various settings within the Children and Young Peoples Service. Albert is no stranger to voluntary work and currently works with a number of governing bodies within the voluntary and community sector as a Volunteer, Charity Trustee and Company Director. Albert also has a strong sporting background as a participant, administrator, coach and official. Having competed to a high standard in both Hockey and Athletics, he has opted to focus on developing volunteers within the sport and has responsibility for Education, Training and Development of volunteers within Gloucestershire and the National Officials Forum.
Garry Hunter
Garry is a serving Police Constable in the Gloucestershire Constabulary. Garry joined in 1998 and spent his first 7 years in Tewkesbury, moving to Gloucester in 2005. As well as frontline Policing Garry is also a Personal Safety Trainer, teaching his colleagues to stay safe. Prior to joining the Police Garry spent 12 years in the Sports Retail trade, managing his first store at the age of 18. Garry has always been an active sports person, representing the County and Cheltenham Town Youth for football. He is currently an active Coach at Gloucester Athletic Club with the Sprint / Hurdle Group and Pole Vault. Garry has spent the past 4 years as Team Manager for the National Young Athletes League team working with the Under 13 to Under 17 age groups.
Martyn White
Martyn White represents Gloucester City Council as a Trustee. Martyn is a retired local businessman who, until 2011, was also a City Councillor and Cabinet Member with responsible for the City's Leisure and Sports provision. Since his appointment to Cabinet in 2004 Martyn has always strongly supported the need for a quality athletics track in Gloucester. He negotiated the ring-fencing of £250,000 towards the cost and was instrumental in proposing the new Lease and transfer of the track management from the City Council to the new Trust. Martyn hopes to be able to contribute to the continuing success of GATM.
David Robinson
Sport has always featured highly in David's life and he competed in athletics and swimming and played rugby during and after leaving school. He started on a career in agriculture but was badly injured in a road accident and forced to change his plans. He qualified as a teacher, gained a degree from the Open University and for 17 years taught Geography in the West Midlands ending up as Head of Department in a large Comprehensive School in Coventry. He then moved south to help establish and run a successful field study centre in Hampshire. After taking early retirement from teaching, he became involved with a Training Project for young adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties, firstly employed as a team leader running a workshop and then continuing as a volunteer for a number of years after retirement. He has also served as a member of their Board of Trustees for the last seven years. He moved to Gloucestershire in 2009 to be closer to family. Through his grandson's involvement with Gloucester AC, David offered his services as a volunteer and Bob Purcell enlisted his help with a campaign to ensure that disabled athletes are better represented at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track.
Ian Willoughby
Ian worked for BT for 27 years and was Regional Customer relations manager for London. He was also a safety and buildings manager for Olympus Park in Gloucester. Ian project managed the setting up of 2 major call centres in Gloucester and Maidenhead. Taking redundancy in 2000 he joined Capita and was a team leader in the Child Trust Fund Call Centre. Ian has been a Governor at Churchdown School Academy for 17 years. Ian has been a competitive hurdler for both Bristol and Gloucester Athletic club. At his best he was ranked 8th in the country for sprint hurdles. He also represented the British Telecomms athletics team abroad on 2 occasions winning European silver for 110m hurdles on both occasions; he then became their secretary and team manager for 4 years. Ian was a former Chairman of Gloucester AC in the early 1990s and is currently on the committee. Ian is also involved now with the club as a hurdles and jumps coach and as an official in both field and track events.
Jo Willoughby
Jo worked for the Midland Bank, British Telecom and is currently working as a Specialist Learning Support Worker at Churchdown School Academy. Aged 14 she joined Bristol Athletics club, hurdling, high and long jumping. In 1980 she won the Intermediate girls long jump at the English Schools Championships and went on to represent England in the Home Countries International. She regularly competed for Wales at home and abroad and was Welsh Champion on a number of occasions. Her most notable achievement was competing for Great Britain on two occasions. Five years ago Jo returned to athletics when her daughter Dayna joined Gloucester Athletic Club. Not one for being idle, Jo became a field event official and has recently qualified as an athletics coach, coaching long and triple jump. Alongside this she competes for Gloucester Athletic club and at Masters events. In 2015 she became the indoor European 50 age group champion for triple jump and silver medallist for long jump.
Dylan Davies
Dylan spent 28 years in the oil industry with Schlumberger, working in operations, engineering, research and management in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. He is now a part-time engineering consultant and holds a number of voluntary positions including serving as a trustee for several charities and as a school governor. In his youth he was an athlete and rugby player, though his rugby participation is now limited to holding a season ticket at Kingsholm. He became involved in Gloucester AC when his daughter joined the club in 2009, and helps with field event officiating when needed.