About MKPA

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the longest running charitable organisations in Milton Keynes, with nearly 50 years’ experience of supporting child-centred play.

Everything that we do is underpinned by four core values:

  • Being child-centred – valuing the quality of life that children can create for themselves.
  • Providing advocacy – advocating for self-directed play and learning.
  • Innovative – being prepared to embrace new play practice and promote leading edge ideas.
  • Enabling change – effecting change to other people’s practice through our own.

We work with partners who share our values and are committed to providing high-quality play opportunities to children and families across Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

We continue delivering our core aims:

Making Play Happen - we want all children in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to have the opportunity to direct their own play in an open and accessible environment. Making Play Matter - we want to ensure that the statutory, private,voluntary and community sector understand the value of child-centre,free play, and that the organisations that work with the children are trained and resourced to provide high quality play opportunities.

Our Team

Our small but dedicated team deliver expert play and resource services, offering our expertise to members and the local community. We are a growing and sustainable organisation.

Acting Chief Executive Officer – Jo Ashdown (Voluntary)

Play Coordinator – Nicole Haviland

Training Manager – Tina Campbell-Drew

Interim Finance Manager – Clive Keech

Finance Coordinator – Sarah Keen

DBS and Hire Equipment Coordinator – Lindsay Williams

Resource Assistant – Ben Childs 


Our Trustees

Our trustees between them share ultimate responsibility for governing MKPA and directing the way it is managed and run.

Chair – Position Available
Sharon Mughal
David Carty

Sheryl Mayes

Jono Poon

Marie Jay



There are a number of people who volunteer at MKPA. They make a real difference by providing their time and skills. They each have their own reasons for working with us and these include feeling useful, working in a team, gaining new skills and supporting the work we do.
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