Who We Are

There are some 2o,ooo playing fields left in the UK, most of which are run by volunteers, and nearly all of which are struggling to survive due to lack of funding, advice, help and encouragement

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The Trustees include people from industry, business, the City and sport, who are concerned about the loss of outdoor playing fields and the lack of money available for their upkeep, repair and replacement.

We believe the ability to play outside sport is essential for inspiring and involving our young people, and particularly those in the inner cities and in deprived areas of the country.

The Trustees of PFLF

Alice Clark

A teacher for 20 years, owns The Willow Nursery in London. She has a wealth of knowledge concerning children’s educational and physical welfare. As Angus Irvine’s youngest daughter, she is passionate about continuing his legacy in his memory.

Tara Douglas-Home

Tara Douglas-Home is currently a Consultant with IBM Global Business Services, where he advises a range of top tier clients on Supply Chain and technology related issues. Prior to this he worked for two subsidiaries of GEC, Avery Berkel Weighing Machines and Hotpoint Ltd. He is a Trustee of the Dulverton Trust and The United Westminster Schools Foundation.

Charles Fry

Formerly Chairman of MCC (retired 30 Sept 2010)

Rory Macleay

Sir Philip Otton

Former Lord Justice of Appeal, Convenor for FA Premier League, International Arbitrator and Mediator, Surveillance Commissioner, former Chairman Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.

Luke Ponsonby

Formerly Partner of Cazenove & Co, Trustee Bob Champion Cancer Trust and St Luke’s Hospital Oxford.

Nick Rees

A Director at Savills UK. Nick is a keen sportsman and passionate about making competitive sports available to all.

Robert Smith

Chairman of Essex County Playing Fields Association.

John Sword (Chairman)

Retired. Last 35 years spent as CEO of various international engineering businesses – most recently, Acertec pl. and Masey Fergusson.

Alex Welsh

CEO London Playing Fields Foundation.