About Us - Staff Team
Currently our Staff team is modest but effective!
Chief Executive - Steve Boeje
I have worked in the Play and Childcare sector for over 15 years starting off as a playworker parttime whilst studying to become a primary school teacher. I soon decided that a career in Play was something I would prefer to pursue as I liked the child-centred approach play offers. I worked for Westminster Play Association as a playworker then as a Play Centre Manager before moving on to further my career as a development worker for Westminster City Council. I then moved to Sutton Council as Play Service Manager and for a brief spell worked as a freelance play consultant mainly for Play England, advising on play strategies and Big Lottery bids. I am very excited to be taking on the position as director of Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham at a time when the profile of play has never been higher both regionally and nationally.
Head of Operations – Rachel Mathers
I have been working and volunteering with children and young people for almost 15 years. My experience has ranged from volunteering as a residential childcare worker for a children’s charity to teaching English through games and song at a summer school in Spain! More recently I worked part-time as a Children’s Worker for Edinburgh Council whilst studying for my Masters in Childhood Studies. I then moved to London where I took up the post of Youth Participation Support Officer with Lambeth Youth Council. I am delighted to be here in the Play Association at such an interesting time and am looking forward to developing and expanding the services that the PAHF provide so that all the children in Hammersmith and Fulham have ample choice of quality play services in the borough.
Fundraising and Marketing Intern - Martha Huntley
I finished a Geograpy degree at King's College London University in 2012. Following this I dabbled with working in Television, assisting with the production of natural history documentaries. However I have always been keen to work in the charity sector, after an interesting experience volunteering in the fundraising department of a small charity in Bath. My interests lie with childcare, and I have worked in schools and as a nanny whilst I was studying. I am excited to get involved with the Play Association and look forward to formulating a new take on how to raise its profile and increase its independent funding to support the crucial work we do.
We also have a Play Development Worker - Melanie Schwartz - who works with us part-time on various projects.
We also have a pool of over 60 playworkers supporting our play projects.
If you are interested in working for the Play Association please look at Jobs and Volunteering for more information on current vacancies.