Who works here

Mike Greenaway - Director

Mike has been the Director of Play Wales since its inception in 1998. He is a member of the International Play Association World Board; Chair of the IPA England, Wales and Northern Ireland branch; trustee of Children in Wales, and a member of its Policy Council. Mike is also a member of the UK Play Safety Forum and the Children’s Play Policy Forum. He has been a teacher, a community farmer, a playworker on adventure playgrounds, a youth officer, an education advisor, and continues to practice playwork in his home village every summer where he is the Chair of the village play association.

 
 

Martin King-Sheard - Workforce Development Officer 

Martin is the Workforce Development Officer and has lead responsibility for policy and strategic development related to the learning and professional development of the play and playwork workforce in Wales. He is based in North Wales and has worked for Play Wales since 2006. He began his playwork career in 2002 as a play development worker with a small charity in Sherwood, Nottingham. When not working he is mostly likely to be found playing with his family on the beach, juggling or training for a triathlon.

 

Marianne Mannello - Assistant Director (Policy, Support and Advocacy)

Marianne is an Assistant Director (Policy, Support and Advocacy). She has over 25 years experience in many aspects of play and playwork, including play strategy consultation and development. Marianne has worked with the Welsh Government to support the development of a toolkit to support local authorities to undertake the Play Sufficiency Assessments. She is an Honorary Research Associate in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking listening to up and coming (and some old, established) bands and strives to master the hula-hoop.

 
     

Kathy Muse - Office Manager

Kathy is the Office Manager and has worked for Play Wales since 1998. She is responsible for the day-to-day organisation and co-ordination of the office and looks after Play Wales Membership, human resources, database information, events and meetings and the governance of the organisation. When not at the office Kathy enjoys being a committee member at her local tennis club, camping and walking on the hills and coasts of Wales and looking after her family.

 
 

Ruth O’Donoghue – Finance Officer

Ruth joined Play Wales in November 2015 and is responsible for the accounting and financial systems, working part time from our office in Cardiff.  She graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a degree in Business Accounting and continued to gain her chartered accountant qualification (ACCA) while working across varying sectors in accounts departments. Prior to Play Wales Ruth worked for a charity providing supported accommodation and support services in Wales. When not working Ruth enjoys time with her young family and forever answering ‘Why?’!
 

 

Lowri Roberts – Communications Assistant

Lowri is the Communications Assistant and has worked for Play Wales since August 2017. Her duties are assisting with the information service which includes maintaining the social media channels and website, responding to telephone and email enquiries and maintaining the library. She graduated from Aberystwyth university with a degree in International Politics and has worked with the Welsh youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru. During her time off Lowri enjoys hiking, cooking way too much food and reading big novels. 

 

Angharad Wyn Jones - Communications Manager

Angharad joined Play Wales in 2006 and is now the Communications Manager. She is responsible for the information service which includes maintaining the website, leading on the production and proofing of Play Wales publications, co-ordinating media enquiries and translation, and maintaining the library. Angharad is also responsible for the organisation’s social media channels. She is a member of the UK Playday Steering Group. When not working Angharad enjoys travelling across the world and watching the Welsh rugby team.