Adrian Voce OBE, managing director
Adrian has worked with and for children and young people since 1979. A former playworker, residential social worker, special needs assistant and parent partnership worker, Adrian became the first director of London Play in 1998. He was chair and then director of the Children’s Play Council, and the founding director of Play England, leading the successful campaign for a national play strategy, launched in 2008 by the UK government. Adrian is a member of the boards of Playing Out and The Playwork Foundation. He is the author of Policy for Play: responding to children’s forgotten right. In 2016 he was elected president of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities.
Claire Colvine, head of communications
Claire is a non-profit communications specialist of 13+ years’ experience; skilled in all aspects of media and marketing. Claire launched Colvine Communications in 2016 to help non-profits maximise their communications activities. She has a special interest in the importance of spending time outdoors, connection to nature and children’s right to play. As well as Playful Planet, she leads communications for the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign and Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) CIC. Claire was formerly communications and campaigns manager for Play England.
Rachel has spent her adult life working and advocating for children’s rights to have space to play and grow. Rachel started her working life with the Scout movement and since has held range of differing roles including a countryside ranger, play consultant and Director of Play Association Tower Hamlets. Alongside her work with Playful Planet she currently works with schools to help them access their grounds for playful activity. Her areas of specialism include policy, organisational development and engagement with the natural environment. She believes passionately that every child should have the opportunity to access space and the natural environment where they feel a belonging and are free from worry or threat.
Glenys Tolley, conference manager
Glenys has a long career in the voluntary and community play sector in London, leading development and capacity building projects for local play associations, adventure playgrounds and play-on-estates projects among many others. She is a former director of Play Association Tower Hamlets and a former play development manager at London Play. In addition to her work with Playful Planet, Glenys is the development manager at the Young Harrow Foundation, a capacity building organisation for the voluntary youth sector in North West London.