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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