Play Strategy for Scotland - Progress Report

An interim progress report, at the end of year two.

Play Strategy Implementation Group (PSIG): Role & Membership


The role of the PSIG is to provide strategic leadership and direction to the implementation of Scotland's national Play Strategy Vision and Action Plan, and to ensure effective links are made between play and other relevant national policies, across Government and through supporting local partners.

Current members:

Fraser Falconer, Chair, Nancy Ovens Trust

Theresa Casey, Vice-Chair, Independent Consultant

Erica Clarkson, Scottish Government (Early Years Division)

Deborah Gallagher, Scottish Government (Early Years Division)

Alison MacDonald, NHS Health Scotland

Ali Motion, Grounds for Learning

Andrew Shoolbread, Scottish Out of School Care Network

Anne Condie, Scottish Childminding Association

Eric Mitchell, Capability Scotland

Irene Miller, NHS Health Scotland

Jean Carwood-Edwards, Early Years Scotland

Julia Abel, Inspiring Scotland

Lesley Fox, Smart Play Network

Margaret Westwood, IPA Scotland

Marguerite Hunter Blair, Play Scotland

Richard Davison, Scottish Natural Heritage

Sian Neil, Education Scotland

Attending: Deborah Hay, National Play Strategy Coordinator (secondee); Dave Gorman, Scottish Government

All members bring considerable knowledge and expertise, and 'reach' into a diverse range of organisations, members, sectors and interests.

The Chair is a member of the Early Years Taskforce which enables effective strategic linkages between the National Play Strategy and other key strategies and policies across Government.

The National Play Strategy Coordinator is responsible for providing secretariat support to the group and under their strategic direction, raising awareness of the national strategy; engaging a wider group of organisations in its work; making links between the play sector and Government and overseeing the delivery of a significant programme of work.


Email: Deborah Gallagher

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