Wicksteed Park- the home of children’s play – has launched a search for new trustees to help deliver its vision for the future.
The park was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his mission to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
It now owned and run by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, the charitable body set up to ensure his legacy lives on for future generations.
Now, as it approaches its 100th anniversary, the Trust is looking for people who can play a pivotal role in delivering an exciting future for the park as well as celebrating its heritage.
It is looking to broaden the skillset of the Trust through professional individuals who can deliver strategic oversight in a number of key areas.
The 147 acres of beautiful parkland combine what is believed to be largest free playground in Europe and paid-for attractions such as rollercoasters and rides.
A stunning and newly-refurbished Edwardian Pavilion hosts regular live shows and events.
A major £3million project, supported by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council, is being completed, breathing new life into Wicksteed Park’s historic lake and restoring it to former glories.
And the park is also looking to the future with its newly-opened Rush zip wire, climbing wall and leap of faith attractions.
Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust and Charles Wicksteed’s great grandson, said: “The park has played such a massive part in the lives of generations of people, both from the town and wider afield, that it is sometimes easy to forget what a unique and innovative place it is.
“We are already fortunate to have a number of volunteers who help the park to run smoothly by donating their time and energy and we are always grateful for more.
“But the Trust also now wishes to broaden its range of skills and experience by searching out professional people with the appropriate skillsets to help drive the overall strategy of the park and to this end we are seeking to appoint a number of additional Trustees to the board.
Robert Hunt, the Trustee who will be handling the search process in the first instance, added: “We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals with backgrounds which may include fundraising, landscape architecture and design, children’s play, education and development, tourism, education, finance and green issues.
“Applications from those with relevant charitable experience or an understanding of the issues facing the East Midlands and specifically north Northamptonshire would also be welcome.”
The Trust meets six times a year, although individuals can and do become involved in specific projects where their skills are relevant, which may increase the frequency of attendance. The positions are unremunerated, although expenses associated with attending Trust meetings are refunded.
In the first instance, please apply by emailing Robert Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org stating how you would like contribute to the Trust, including a current CV.