Steve Parkinson – Charity Manager

Working in play-related services in the public sector since the 1970’s in London and the East Midlands, Steve leads the team and continues to amaze us all with his enthusiasm and charm!


Jane Byrne – Over 5’s Coordinator and Forest Schools Specialist

With over 28 years of experience in play work, forest schools and woodland management, Jane is our outdoors expert and loves sending herself home covered in mud.  Not sure the other passengers on the bus are too pleased though!


Renata Stephen – Toybox Pre-School Manager

Leading a close-knit team at our Pre-School based in Snape Wood, Renata and her team  aim to give 32 children the best possible start to school life and have fun in the process.


Andy Pedley – Business Manager

Following 10 years in business finance and 15 years in the education sector, Andy started with the Toy Library in 2013, introducing decent coffee to the morning ritual soon after joining.


Lorraine Stevenson – Family Mentor Manager

Joining the team in 2004, Lorraine now leads a team of local Family Mentors delivering the Small Steps Big Changes programme.  Her enthusiasm for this innovative project is matched only by her vast knowledge of popular music and old films at our highly-competitive Christmas quiz.


Sara Taylor – Activities Coordinator

With over 10 years as a member of the Toy Library team, Sara began as a parent user of our services and ended up as an employee.  I guess she just couldn’t bear to be parted from us!  If you need a creche for a training course, business meeting or wedding reception, Sara can organise it for you.


Shirley Barrett – Administrator

As an experienced administrator who grew up in the UK and USA, Shirley brings an international perspective to our team as well as American sayings we’ve never heard of!


(We should also mention our hardworking and dedicated teams of crèche workers, play workers, pre-school staff, family mentors and volunteers without whom none of this would be possible!)


To contact a member of staff, call 0115 9753898 or drop them an email.