Paul has been working within the playground industry for over 7 years and has a wealth of knowledge in strategic management, finance and sales. He previously worked in the communications industry, holding various senior management positions across his 12 year career in the field. During this time Paul spent 2 years in Australia on an International assignment as Sales Director across Australia and New Zealand. Paul became the Director of Inclusive Play in 2010.
Jo T joined the playground industry in 2010 from the luxury retail industry as a Buyer and Merchandiser dealing with global brands and working in London for high profile international jewellers as a Product Manager. In 2004, Jo relocated to Rome to teach English to children and adults which ignited a strong interest in providing young learners with the opportunity to learn through play. After 7 years at Jupiter Play she moved into her role as Business Manager for Inclusive Play at the start of 2017.
Product and Design Manager
Chris first started working in the play industry in 2005, and has a wealth of experience in 2D and 3D design packages. After briefly working on some high profile projects in the construction industry he realised that his true passion lay with designing innovative play spaces and products so returned to the play industry. In recent years his focus steered more and more towards inclusivity, so working with Inclusive Play was an ideal fit. Chris has worked on many high value projects over the years and still loves seeing something he's designed come to life on site.
Lotte Klein Nagelvoort
Lotte joins us from Edinburgh Napier University following her graduation in 2017. Through her Product Design degree and extensive freelance and project work Lotte brings a wealth of design knowledge to her new role which will allow her to develop new and existing Inclusive Play products.
Jo D joined the Inclusive Play team at the start of this year and brings a wealth of admin experience as well as a real knowledge and passion for young people developed during her time working in childcare. Jo's first venture into the play industry was as Sales Coordinator for Jupiter Play; with her first project being Queenzieburn in September 2016. This was awarded Inclusive Play’s Community PiPA Status and is a great example of Inclusive Play working with our partners to achieve a fully inclusive playground.
Jeannie qualified as a Management Accountant in 1994 and trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malaysia before migrating to the UK in 2004. She first settled in Belfast where she worked in a small accounting firm before moving to Edinburgh in late 2005.
At Inclusive Play our vision is to design, develop and manufacture quality products that enable children – no matter what their ability – to play together.
We are often asked what inclusion means, our answer? It means everyone regardless of background, age, gender, and ability should have the same opportunities in life to explore and achieve. Although our main focus at Inclusive Play is around special needs and disabilities (as we recognise that this is a group most marginalised in playground design) we aspire to create products that will excite everyone.
To support this ethos we believe in the social model of disability. In other words, disability is a socially created problem and it is up to all of us to make the environmental changes necessary to allow for the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of social life. With this in mind, we strive to create completely unique products that punctuate, not define a play space, embracing the true meaning of inclusion.
To do this, we look at playground favourites and the general play experiences enjoyed by many children. We also think about the barriers to play for children who may not normally have access to all equipment. We give those products a makeover – or we start from scratch – and come up with new ideas that all children will love.
Thanks to our continuing dialogue with key charities and leading UK and European organisations, we have a genuine understanding of the types of barriers to play that can affect many children.
With several years’ experience in product and play area design we are happy to offer practical advice, help identify changes to existing parks, or offer ideas for new designs to make them more engaging and accessible. We collaborate with others, from families with special needs to charities and landscape architects – ensuring we provide the best product solutions and advice to our clients.
The result is a range of educational, fun outdoor play products and spaces that have been specially designed to excite and intrigue children at all ends of the spectrum.