Meet the Murieston Team

Margaret Green

Position: Manager
Qualifications: SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SVQ Level 7 and 9,  SVQ Playwork at SCQF Level 6, Scotvec Modules in the Young Child and Children with Additional Support Needs, NQ in Sports Fitness at SCQF Level 6
Experience/Background: I have worked in childcare since March 2008 working with Lanarkshire Childcare Services (Motherwell) before l joined the Simply Play team in December 2014.  Prior to working in childcare, I have worked in hospitality and customer service for a good number of years.  I also volunteered in a residential home for young adults with mental health issues and Drumpark school for children with additional support needs
Interesting fact: I once served Sir Alex Ferguson dinner

Gillian Stevenson


Position: Playworker
Qualifications: NPA in Playwork and Childcare, SVQ Children’s Care, Learning and Development at SCQF Level 7, SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 9  
Experience/Background:  I started working with Simply Play in 2013 and worked in a private nursery for 7 years prior to that
Interesting fact:  I love stock car racing, and have been going from the age of 4

Sharon Cowan

Position: Playworker
Qualifications: HNC in Early Education and Childcare
Experience/Background: I have over 20 years’ experience working with children. I am also a Childcare Practitioner in a Playgroup.
Interesting Fact: I LOVE 80’s music ‘Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now’ is my favourite song

Tracey Aitken

Position: Playworker
Qualifications: SVQ Playwork at SCQF Level 6 and 7
Experience/Background: I have worked in the Out of School Sector for many years and also work in the Kitchen at Dedridge Primary as the Dinner Lady
Interesting Fact: I LOVE CHEESIE POP music, George Michael, Football, and I love to gab

Linda Gardiner

Position: Playworker
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Gemma Brannigan

Position: Playworker


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Nicole Allingham

Position: Modern Apprentice Playworker
Qualification: I am working towards my SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 7
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