Our Team

The Regional Team comprises of regionally employed staff and, as if the norm in swimming, a small army of volunteers.

Our Staff

Leanne has worked for the organisation since 2009 and heads up the team of staff. Leanne leads on development and governance within the region, providing support and guidance for East Region clubs by using good governance, knowledge and best practice. Leanne also ensures effective, self-sustaining clubs are at the heart of the region’s development by delivering an effective Development Programme. 

Leanne can be contacted via email leanne.brace@swimming.org or by phone on 07765 848186.

Jo has worked for the organisation since 2016.

Jo has administrative control over the financial operation of the Company and ensures records across all areas of the business are accurate. She also supports the growth, development and implementation of the Region’s programmes and services.

Jo heads up the regions social media channels and assists clubs in gaining SwimMark and Stronger Affiliation status.

Jo can be contacted via email at jo.stalley@swimming.org or via phone on 07483 448052.

Our Volunteers

Our President

Our current President is Paul Kendall, who is a member of Dereham and District Swimming Club.

The Regional President is the ceremonial head of Swim England East Region.  The President is elected annually and represents the Region at national events and competitions, and is the ceremonial host of regional events. When inaugurated at the Annual Meeting, the President is presented with the Presidential Chain of Office, which is worn at events throughout the presidency.   The President can be contacted at president@eastswimming.org

The role of President Elect is elected by the Members Forum following recruitment which is open to the membership, with the President Elect becoming President in the following year.  Our current President Elect is Helen Stephens, of Colchester Swimming Club.  Helen will become President at our Annual Meeting in April 2022. 

Since the Region was formed in 2005, we have been fortunate to have had many wonderful Presidents from clubs throughout the Region. Here is a list of our Past Presidents.

Our Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the company, Swim England East Region, which replaced the former unincorporated association in January 2021. The current Directors are:

When the 2020 Annual Council Meeting agreed the proposals for incorporation and a new governance structure, it was agreed that the present Management Committee members would become the first Directors, with elections held for all Director posts, at the first Annual General Meeting.  The posts will be subject to open recruitment for the AGM, which will be held in April 2022.

The Regional Chairman can be contacted at chairman@eastswimming.org.


Volunteer Officers

Simon Gee is our Licensing Officer.

Simon is responsible for the determination and monitoring of licensed swimming meets.  Simon receives applications for licensed swimming meets, considers the applications in accordance with the Swim England Licensed Meet criteria, providing advice to clubs where appropriate.  Together with a Licensing Panel, Simon monitors the post competition reports to ensure compliance with the standards set by Swim England. 

More information on Licensed Meets can be found on our Meet Licensing webpage.

Simon can be contacted at rlo@eastswimming.org

The Regional Administrator provides administrative support to this function. 

Chris Galer is the East Region Membership Officer. 

Chris receives applications from those seeking to set up new clubs, providing advice on the requirements for affiliation.  Chris also provides advice to existing clubs on constitutions, making sure that club constitutions remain compliant with the Swim England model club constitutions.

More information on Membership can be found on our Club Membership webpage.

Chris can be contacted at membership@eastswimming.org

Jo Stalley is the Regional Welfare Officer.

In this voluntary role, Jo provides advice and support to members, club and county welfare officers on a range of welfare and safeguarding issues. 

More information on Welfare can be found on our Welfare webpage.

Jo can be contacted at welfare@eastswimming.org