Head Office

Simply Play is managed by a professional staff team, which comprises Chief Executive, Operations Manager, Finance Manager, Project Manager and individual, dedicated, Club Managers – all supported by central admin staff and local teams of Playworkers and School Walkers.

All club staff are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), are qualified for their role (or working towards this) and are fully vetted for their suitability to work with children.

The Team


Raymond Branton

Position: C.E.O.
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Experience/Background: 38 years work with children in varied sectors. 21 years managing childcare services. 12 years leading multi-award-winning charities delivering best practice

Interesting fact: My grandad built the Forth Road Bridge

Simon Henderson

Position: Operations Manager
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Marketing PG Dip Community Education
Experience/Background: Suspect and depends where I am standing
Interesting fact: I am actually not very interesting…that is surely quite interesting

Shirley Thomson

Position: Project Manager
Qualifications: BA Childhood Practice
Experience/Background: Shirley began in out of school care in 2001 and transferred to Simply Play when it was set up. She has previously managed our Ladywell and Deans clubs and risen through the ranks to her current position in August 2015.
Interesting fact: I have met Peter Andre 4 times!


Louise Slater

Position: Finance Manager
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance Analysis Chartered Accountant
Experience/Background: I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and subsequently worked for an accounting firm in Bermuda and New Zealand for 3 years.  On return to the UK, I worked as an accountant for a property developer.  Following a career break to have a family, I joined the Simply Play parent company in 2013 as a Finance Administrator, moving to the role of group Finance Manager in 2019
Interesting fact: Prior to becoming an accountant, I worked as an au pair in Germany and Australia

Eileen Nicolson

Position: Administrator/Bus Driver
Qualifications:  NVQ Diploma in Business Administration                                            Experience/Background: I have worked in various fields and positions in Customer Service, starting as an Insurance Broker Consultant,  Mortgage Controller, Customer Service Adviser, also worked as a Trainer in Sky for many years.  I have been with Simply Play from the beginning and love to see how much we have grown since 2010

Interesting Fact: I grew up in South Africa and my claim to fame is having a selfie with Davina McColl and “Subo” although not at the same time lol.


Mairi Brady

Position: Administrator
Qualifications: O’Grade accounting, arithmetic, Mathematics, Secretarial Studies, APH. Scotvec – Intro to Basic Programming, Word Processing I, II. HNC – Computing, ICB level 1 Bookkeeping.
Experience/Background:Married with 2 children. Worked in various work environments. Stock control and finance.
Interesting fact: I have climbed Ben Nevis.

Nicky Gardiner

Position: Administrator
Qualifications:  NVQ in business & administration and ECDL levels 1 and 2
Experience/Background: Covered a variety of admin roles including banking, customer service, HR and office management
Interesting fact:  I lived in Germany for 10 years and have met the Queens cousin, the Duke of Kent