Marguerite Blair
chief executive, Play Scotland

Marguerite Hunter Blair is chief executive of Play Scotland (since 2006), the national play organisation which promotes children’s right to play and provides resources and training on the benefits of play. BA (Hons) MSc with post grad certificate in law, common purpose graduate, post grad diploma in managing and developing play provision.

Member of SW/65 – BSI committee for children’s playgrounds standards (EN 1176 series). Scotland’s representative on UK Play Safety Forum and UK Children’s Play Policy Forum.

Marguerite is a trustee of Fields in Trust ( Scotland) and a SkillsActive trustee and chair of SkillsActive Scotland, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing.

Marguerite is chair of the Play Council Strategy Group supporting the implementation of Scotland’s National Play Strategy.

In 2016 she presented on Getting it Right for Play at the Child in the City Conference Ghent and has recently supported Calgary and Canada in the development of their Play Charter based on Play Scotland’s model.

Marguerite has written many papers, articles, presentations and blogs promoting the benefits of play and is co-author of Raising the Bar – Findings of the Scottish Play Commission (2008) and Local Authority Play Provision in Scotland (2006).

Follow Marguerite on Twitter @MHBplayscotland