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 Play’ project, encouraging children and the local community to get involved in their natural environment and take an active role in local conservation.

Job Title: Head of Adventure Play
Location: Head office and adventure playgrounds
Qualifications: Lucy has worked for and with children on adventure playgrounds for 20 years. She has an MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights (Distinction) and Cache Level 3 Diploma in Playwork.

What do you love about working at IPA?
I love working for IPA because we share values. I believe that play is vital for all children’s happiness and am particularly concerned for those children who are most in need. These values are at the heart of IPA's work.

What is your favourite childhood play memory?
“We used to play round the back of our flats; climbing walls, discovering new territory and building dens. I used to pretend that our lives depended on our actions. I didn’t tell the other children about my imaginings. There was one game that you could see and another secret game inside my head.”