Richard Cocker

Richard Cocker

Area Manager - East Midlands


Joined Playdale


About me:

I live in the market town of Chesterfield (home to the Crooked Spire) with my wife and two boys, Finley and Freddie. Our home is near to lots of green space including a number of local play areas which we visit frequently. I have a background in landscape architecture and I have a great passion for improving the quality of places that people use, especially play facilities for the local kids. I spend a lot of my spare time entertaining my boys via play and sporting activities.

Best thing about my job:

Working in the play industry is so satisfying because the end user, the children, really appreciate the spaces and the equipment installed. It’s great to see their faces as they use the play area for the first time.

Favourite playground:

My favourite playground has to be Wentworth Garden Centre as I am proud to see how the area has grown to 3 play areas catering for all ages. The addition of these areas to the farm has generated a substantial increase of visitors and revenue for the owners.

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What our customers say...

"The process from making initial enquiries, obtaining quotations, ordering, accepting delivery and installation and the after sales service has always proved to be efficient and within timescales laid down. The staff at Playdale have always been very helpful and accessible."
Mrs M Moran, Clerk To The Council, Haxby TC
"Thank you for the excellent playground equipment we recently purchased. The whole project from start to finish was extremely well organised and we were particularly impressed with the installation of the equipment"
Cheryl Lodge, Head Teacher, Ripley Infant School
"We have had the pleasure of working with Playdale Playgrounds on several occasions and in particular their area sales manager Danielle Crossfield who shows the upmost professionalism to her role in meeting the expectations of the client throughout each particular scheme. Playdale’s excellent team ethics are very much evident throughout project delivery to completion whilst Danielle’s knowledge of both the play industry and company products is paramount but a valuable asset in this competitive industry."
Gary Sherrington, Engagement Officer, Wakefield Council
"From the beginning we found Playdale, and Danielle in particular, professional, friendly, accessible, reassuring and extremely helpful.  Nothing was too much trouble and we felt you understood our vision, the complexities of our situation and, very importantly, our budget!"
Jane Dunn, Co-Chair, Aston Playground Project