Simply Play is managed by a professional staff team, which comprises Chief Executive, OOSC Development Manager, Finance Manager, Childcare Development Worker and individual, dedicated, Club Managers – all supported by central admin staff and local teams of Playworkers, Support Workers 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


raymondRaymond Branton

Position: C.E.O.
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Experience/Background: 35 years work with children in varied sectors. 19 years managing childcare services. 10 years leading multi-award-winning charities delivering best practice.

Interesting fact: My grandad built the Forth Road Bridge


Marion Herriot

Position: OOSC Development ManagerSONY DSC
Qualifications: BA Nursing, HNC Childcare & Education, PG Dip Business Administration.
Experience/Background: Following a career in nursing, Marion managed and led out of school care services at a high level, before joining the organisation in 2005.                                                                                 Interesting fact: I have an alter-ego (see picture)!


Shirley Thomson

Position: Childcare Development Worker
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!


Lucy Simpson

Position: Finance Manager
Qualifications: FCCA BACC
Experience/Background: Current role is the best ever! Being a granny to four little ones is the best experience. Love being outdoors in the garden, walking or out with a four legged friend!!

Interesting fact: Did my music O Level playing the bagpipes (many years ago :))



FullSizeRenderMairi 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.

Eileen Nicolson

Position: Administrator
Qualifications:  NVQ Diploma in Business Administration.

Experience/Background: I have worked in various fields and positions in Customer Service, starting as a Broker Consultant,  Mortgage Controller, Customer Service Advisor and 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.