Andrea Moorhouse

Andrea Moorhouse

Financial Controller


Joined Playdale

1996 – when the current Playdale head office premises first opened

About me:

I grew up in Haverthwaite village, just down the road from Playdale and lived close to its owners and founders, the Croasdale family. As a child, I spent many an hour playing on early Playdale prototypes and equipment at the nearby Leven Valley Playing Fields!

I started my Playdale career as an office junior, helping the then bookkeeper with filing. Her work interested me, so after studying A Level Business Studies & Accounting in my own time, I progressed into the Accounts Team. During the years that followed I undertook AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) training and then studied to become a qualified member of CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). All my training and studying was done in the evenings and weekends and I was greatly supported by Playdale.

Working my way through all the various roles in the Accounts Team I progressed from Team Leader to Finance Manager and then in 2018, I became Financial Controller with a place on the Management Board.

When I’m not working my spare time is filled spending time with our new puppy and my 9-year-old son. He’s one of Playdale’s test engineers and loves putting the prototypes through their paces!

Best thing about my job:

Since joining Playdale (all those years ago!) I’ve seen the company grow and evolve…and I’ve grown with it. I feel privileged to be leading a team in which I’ve worked and experienced each and every one of their roles over the years.

Favourite playground:

I used to love taking my son to the all-timber Playdale playground at Cartmel as well as the one at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Now he’s getting older he wants to visit bigger and more exciting playgrounds such as the one at Barrow Park with its Mountain Tower and electronic unit.

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What our customers say...

The entire process has been managed perfectly.  Not only are the stations all good quality ,so have the communications and interactions off the whole team.  From initial response to my enquiry, it’s been a fantastic experience and the end to end management, comms and delivery have been second to none.

Army Aviation Centre

The play area sits very well into the landscape and all of the equipment is proving to be incredibly popular with a wide age range of children.  It has brought families and children out of their houses to play and socialise in just the way we had hoped for.  We have even had coverage in the local newspaper, the Biggleswade Chronicle, copy of printed and online articles attached with a couple of additional photos.  I also have several photos of the equipment without children which I will send separately and high res copies are available if you would like to use any in your own communications. In summary, the play area although small is a real achievement for Ickwell and we would like to thank you for your help in supporting us along the journey to making it a reality.  Playdale have provided us with an excellent service, design and quality installation which we are grateful for.

Jane Wilkinson, Northill Parish Council

I have worked with Playdale for almost 2 years now and can honestly say how helpful and professional they have been throughout that time. From helping me with the consultations through to the completed order after winning the tender, their experience has shone through. Harry and the team were incredibly patient with helping me to perfect the final design and I found their 3d designs were visually more appealing than the competition. They went all out to ensure our requirements were met and assisted wherever they could with our Play Area theming needs. I cannot wait to see the final installation! I have no hesitation in recommending Playdale for any new play area project.

Sandra Ramp,Treasurer for Friends of Coalville Park, Leicester

The Playdale team worked closely with us to develop a vibrant theme for our new adventure playground at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, which is a unique site. The designs presented by Playdale fitted in with our woodland and heritage environment really well. The installation of the new playground equipment came with complications including a challenging split level location, active protected wildlife and the Covid-19 lockdown but the Playdale team were flexible and were able to deliver a fantastic looking adventure playground area for us despite some challenges along the way. Our visitors are now enjoying the play equipment and the new bespoke tower units certainly complement the woodland surroundings and have the wow factor we were hoping to achieve.

Norfolk County Council – Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life