OPAL North East

Ingrid Wilkinson


Ingrid joined OPAL in 2015 having previously worked as a Senior Development Officer for Play England, responsible for play and health in primary schools across the UK.

Passionate about play throughout her career, Ingrid has lectured, written, delivered and evaluated training courses for the past 20 years. Ingrid is also a qualified counsellor and holistic therapist.

Ingrid has supported over 200 schools on their OPAL journey and now as Director of OPAL NE leads a dedicated team of staff who mentor schools across the northeast region. As a Senior Mentor, she tutors and supports new OPAL mentors and is also the area developer for Scotland, working in partnership with Play Scotland.

A mam of 3 wild and crazy kids who strive for play adventures on a daily basis, Ingrid is also a Registered Operational Play Inspector and volunteers as a Trust Member for Shiremoor Adventure Playground in North Tyneside. Outside of work you might find Ingrid enjoying a regular dip in the north sea or walking her gorgeous cockerpoo Milo.

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