Staff

Meet some of our amazing team at Islington Play Association! If you would like to find out more about working here, check out our Jobs page.

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Head Office

Anita Grant

Anita has worked in the charity sector for 30 years specifically working for children’ charities and has been proud to be at IPA since 2006. She previously ran a Sure...
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Wendy Jeeves

Wendy has worked with Islington adventure playgrounds since 1994, before joining Islington Play Association as a Treehouse Project Worker in 2009. As part of the ‘Treehouses for Islington’ project she...
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Suzanne Murray

Suzanne joined Islington Play Association in 2007 as the coordinator of a consortium of voluntary sector-run Children’s Centres in Islington, before being promoted to Deputy Director in 2009 and moving...
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Lucy Benson

Lucy has been the Adventure Playground Manager at Islington Play Association since July 2014. Prior to this she worked with the charity as a Project Worker on the ‘Finding Nature...
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Brunilda Ibraj

Bruna first joined Islington Play Association as a volunteer. She was appointed to the role of Finance Officer in August 2009. ...
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Lloyd Sherwood

Lloyd has been working as a Finance Officer with Islington Play Association for 2.5 years. ...
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Adventure Playground Staff

Annie Cook

Annie first worked with Islington Play Association managing a small playground at Priory heights whilst also working as a Playwork Assessor. She found herself spending a lot of time in...
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Martyn Cotrel

Martyn joined Islington Play Association in November 2017 as a Playground Coordinator at Toffee Park Adventure Playground. ...
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Maureen Bull

Maureen Bull is currently a Deputy Playworker at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground. ...
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Mark Challis

Mark is is currently a Deputy Playworker at Timbuktu Adventure Playground. ...
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Tilly May

Tilly joined the Islington Play Association team in 2015 as a volunteer playworker on our playful healthy cooking project, Healthy Holidays, supporting children to cook healthy meals on the adventure...
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Shantel Powell

Shantel Powell is currently a Deputy Playworker at Toffee Park Adventure Playground. She first joined Islington Play Association as a Sessional Playworker in March 2016 before being promoted to her...
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Simmone Walker

Simmone joined Islington Play Association as Deputy Playworker at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground in February 2016. ...
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Paradise Park Childrens Centre Staff

Jermaine Payne

Jermaine is Nursery Manager at Paradise Park Children’s Centre nursery, having previously been Deputy Early Years Manager. ...
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Naz Rahman

Nazifa (Naz) has been working at Islington Play Association for about 8 years. She started off as a student and has worked her way up since. She has always had...
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Rina Begum

Rina is currently an Early Years Worker in the baby room at our nursery in Paradise Park Children’s Centre. Prior to this, she was an Early Years Support Worker with...
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Sarah Ghartey

Sarah has worked at Islington Play Association since April 2007. She is currently responsible for centre outreach, premises management and the reception. ...
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Davika Gravillis

Davika is currently an Early Years Worker at Paradise Park Children Centre’s nursery. She first joined Islington Play Association as an Early Years Support Worker in May 2015. ...
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Tracey Hollis

Tracey has worked at Islington Play Association since September 2009. Before working for IPA she spent several years working at other nurseries and working as a registered childminder. ...
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Amber James

Amber is relatively new to the Islington Play Association team and began her adventure with Paradise Park Children’s Centre in August 2017. She joined shortly after graduating from The University...
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Tamar Lewis

Tamar Lewis has been working at Islington Play Association since 2014. ...
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Amo Mahadi

Amo is a key worker in our nursery at Paradise Park Children’s Centre. ...
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Tamsin O’Connor

Tamsin started working for Islington Play Association in September 2017 as a Sessional Playworker, quickly moving up to an Early Years Support Worker and then promoted to Early Years Worker...
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Mahzabin Rahman

Mahzabin first joined Islington Play Association as an Early Years Support Worker Apprentice in November 2014. She was appointed to the role of Early Years Support Worker ...
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Cinzia Tassinari

Cinzia has being working at Paradise Park Children’s Centre since 2012, working her way up from Sessional Playworker to Early Years Support Worker before being promoted to her current role...
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Board

Melea Mapes

Melea’s expertise in governance, communications and fundraising has facilitated organisational growth and development in both charitable and commercial roles. She is passionate about the protection of childhood and the value...
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James Sinclair Taylor

James has been involved in playgrounds for many years having started being involved in the creation of the first adventure playground in Leicester while at University.  James is a trustee...
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Manisha Kaur

Manisha has been a voluntary Trustee and Treasurer of IPA since September 2016. She works as a full-time banking consultant in a professional services firm in London. Originally from India, she...
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Jane Deighton

Jane joined the Board from the IPA heritage project steering committee. The heritage project worked with children and young people, parents and workers of IPA in the last 40...
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Julie Lowe

Julie currently works as a manager in the NHS, working in a strategic planning role. She has spent most of the last 25 years running hospitals in different parts of...
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Neasa Ni Fheinneadha

Neasa has a background in Volunteer Management and service delivery in the charity sector. She has a Masters in Child Development and has worked in play settings with children with...
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Eleanor Nichol

Eleanor is currently the Vice Chair at Islington Play Association. She is an experienced campaigner and investigator with a track-record in building teams to achieve change. As Deputy Campaigns Director at...
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Adeep Sethi

Adeep joined IPA as a Trustee in 2017 and has 10 years of experience working in the Finance industry in London. He is a passionate supporter of children’s charities in the UK...
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Richard Stephens

Richard has been volunteering with children’s charities for the past 6 years, before joining the IPA board in September 2017. He works for an asset manager in London and received...
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