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Playing Out CIC Board of Directors

We’re lucky to have the following non-executive directors to help guide our work, act as critical friends and advocate for Playing Out:


Zoe Gross-Banks - Environment, Community, Physical Activity

Zoe spent 15 years working in the US, Germany and in the UK as an environmental scientist before she got involved in the community sector in Bristol in 2013. She founded East Bristol Kidical Mass, carried out extensive community energy engagement activities, has been teaching women to cycle, and has been running Playing Out on her street since 2014. She’s passionate about social justice, health and sustainability and how these intersect. Her “day job” is at Sustrans, enabling more people to walk and cycle in their everyday lives.

Ellen Weaver - Children's rights and Law

We first came across Ellen through her academic paper about playing out in Germany and the UK: “Residential Environment and Types of Childhood”. Having been a legal aid and law centre solicitor, Ellen has a particular interest in understanding how law, and misapprehension of the law, may have diminished children’s rights. Her voluntary work has included management of Women’s Aid refuges, community theatre projects, projects tackling homelessness, cycling campaigns and human rights legal action in Guatemala.

Ellen is now a forest school leader, currently working with the Appletree Initiative, delivering primary school curriculum outdoors and has recently started work with NYAS as an advocate for children in care.

Taylor Brown

1967 – 2020

To find out about Taylor, please see this page

Playing Out is currently led by the two Executive co-Directors, supported by the Board. We also have a wider group of people who act as ‘expert friends’ to Playing Out and funders and partners who support us. You can read more about Playing Out in our About section.