Ann is a North Tyneside resident, award winning author - and grandmother. In 2016 she celebrated the incredible achievement of publishing 30 books in 30 years, but she hasn't stopped writing there. Ann's books have now been translated into more than 20 languages.
She is perhaps best known in the North East as the author of the Vera series of books, which continues to be adapted for TV by ITV and which showcase our local estates and landmarks. Ann is passionate about literacy, independant bookshops and supporting communities. You can hear more about Ann's values in her episode of Desert Island Discs
A patron is an ambassador for the park and supports the work of the trust by raising awareness, helping to raise funds and sharing our values.
My name's Steve and I like wild ideas, inventiveness and creative mayhem. My favourite people have their own unique way of seeing the world and are not afraid to be different. I am happiest with people who have not had to grow up yet, and with those adults who have chosen not to for all the right reasons.
Hey, I'm Justine. Being a Playworker for me isn't just a job, it's a role that gives me the opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and young people. Watching them grow in many ways allows me to feel a sense of pride - knowing I've been a part of their journey through childhood and shared memorable experiences which has shaped them into fine young adults.
The Trust is tasked with supporting the park in delivering a wide range of facilities and activities, while ensuring it stays true to its charitable objectives. The Trust members believe passionately in the importance of play for young people and work in partnership with North Tyneside Council to preserve the playground for future generations.
I've been a park trustee for five years. I became a trustee because I grew up in Shiremoor, and this was my park back in the day. Now I bring my own kids and they love it. I think it's amazing for children to play and learn new skills, I just wish I was a kid again to play in the park! I love being a trustee and being able to support the excellent work of the park team.
Lesli has worked across a variety of play organisations including special education, early years and youth provisions. She formerly managed the Centre for Playwork Education at Northumbria University and was the UK Strategic Lead for Playwork. More recently she lectured in Playwork and Child Development at Leeds Beckett University, and still loves to play.
Ingrid has been involved in the playground since the foundations were laid, at the time working in a strategic role for Play England. For the past eight years, Ingrid has worked with schools across the country supporting them to recognise the importance of play to children's health and wellbeing. She currently delivers the OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) programme to over 85 schools across the North East. She has three children - including Brooke who has recently been a volunteer at the park, and her youngest Annabell, who just loves to come and play.