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.

Head Office Adventure Playgrounds Paradise Park Board of Trustees

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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Lucy Benson

Lucy has been Head of Adventure Play at Islington Play Association since July 2014. Prior to this she worked with IPA as a Project Manager on the ‘Finding Nature Through...
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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. She then was promoted to Finance Manager in 2018. ...
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Imogen McCurdy

Imogen started working for IPA in July 2021. Prior to her work for IPA, Imogen studied Sociology and Politics at Goldsmiths University. ...
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Adventure Playground Staff

Vic Doggart

Vic Doggart has worked on Adventure Playgrounds all across the UK working with children and building exciting play structures. She is part of Team Playground who have built playgrounds in...
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Dean Embley

Dean Embley played on an adventure playground in Hackney when he was a boy, that is what drew him to work for IPA. He has worked at Crumbles Castle and...
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Lauren Bennet

Lauren Bennet started at IPA in 2020. She is a creative person with a love of the great outdoors. ...
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Ian McCarthy

Ian McCarthy has worked on adventure playgrounds in Bristol and East London before coming to IPA. He is a dancer and is a dab hand at fixing our wooden play...
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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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Gilmar Cruz Silva

Gilmar is Deputy Playworker at Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground, having worked at Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground since 2010. ...
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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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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

Holly Penfold

Holly started at Paradise Park in November 2021. She is studying her Level 3 Childcare with us! ...
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Nazifa Yasmin

Nazfia has worked for Islington Play Association since Jan 2020 doing an Early Years Apprenticeship! ...
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Joy Abegunde

Joy started at Islington Play Association in November 2021. Prior to working with us, she worked as a Nursery Manager for Bright Horizions. She has many years experience of managing...
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Alexandra English

Alex started working at Paradise Park in September 2021. Prior to working with us, Alex provided art and drama-based after-school classes after her graduation. She has also worked as a...
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Yemisi Ebofin

Yemisi started working for IPA in July 2021. In her spare time, she now runs a coaching team for young girls aged 5-16 inspiring them to love football. ...
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Tasnia Ahmed

Tasnia has been working at Paradise Park Nursery since 2018. She is now an Early Years Worker in the big room. ...
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Alicia Adams-Clarke

Alicia started working at Paradise Park in November 2019 and is currently studying for her Level 3 Childcare with us. ...
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Lisa Wales

Lisa has been working in the cafe at Islington Play Association’s Paradise Park Children’s Centre since 2011. She has now recently joined the nursery team as an Early Years Worker. ...
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Cinzia Tassinari

Cinzia has being working at Paradise Park Children’s Centre since 2012. She feels that her role as is a rewarding and challenging one, having to relate to young children on...
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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. She is...
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Fataha Khanom

Fataha joined IPA in 2012 working as bank staff across Paradise Park Children’s Centre’s nursery and creche. As well as continuing this work, Fataha has worked at the cafe at...
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Mel

Mel joined the IPA team as a Sessional Playworker in 2018 and has since been promoted to Early Years Key Worker 2019 in the Baby Room. ...
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Emily Hollis

Meet Emily, one of our Early Years Key Workers in the Big Room at Paradise Park Nursery. ...
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Board

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: Chair

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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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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