Date: 08 May 2017


The Association of Play Industries (API) held its Annual General Meeting on the 27th April 2017 and appointed seven Executive Officers

Three new candidates were appointed for a two-year period - Steve Sylvester, MD Kompan UK, Mark Wood, MD of Playforce Ltd and Bill Worthington, General Manager Abacus Playgrounds.

Rob Baker, MD of Proludic, Mark Grace, MD HAGS SMP; Helen Jones, MD of RTC Safety Surfaces; Andrew Sparrow, MD of Fenland Leisure and Charlie Howard, MD Wicksteed Playgrounds have also been elected for a further two-year tenure.

API Chair Mark Hardy says: “Our Executive Committee is a team of passionately committed play industry experts who dedicate their time and efforts for free to improve quality and standards, and to lead the industry’s campaigning to raise the profile of play amongst policy makers. We’re delighted to appoint all seven of the nominees proposed by our membership. The new officers have over 25 years’ experience within the play industry and are subsequently well placed to promote the benefits of play and the API membership."

Members of the Executive Committee remaining in position for a further twelve months are Michael Hoenigmann, Vice Chair, Jupiter Play and Leisure; Vicki Braithwaite, Pennine Playgrounds.

At this year’s AGM Dinner £230 was raised for Children in Need - this year’s chosen charity.


API Media Contact: Deborah Holt, Association Manager, 024 7641 4999

Notes to editors:
The Association of Play Industries (API) is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the, representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984 the API currently has 65 members.

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The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing 13 Associations in the UK’s sport and play industries.