ABOUT US

OUR
HISTORY

Our Parklife Community Interest Company (CIC) is a social enterprise on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park designed to help deliver the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our Parklife was founded in 2014 on the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Its purpose is to connect local people to the Park through employment and training and volunteering. It’s a Community Interest Company (CIC) that was set up as part of the Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) contract on the Park with the specific task of involving local people in the Park through the management of the parklands and the management and maintenance of the buildings and some of the venues. As a CIC Our Parklife is a not for profit company – any surpluses generated will be reinvested into the Company.

Our Parklife CIC has four founding members – ENGIE, idverde, Renaisi and Groundwork London. Together these organisations have created a range of opportunities for local people to become involved in the Park from volunteering on the Parklands and in the Mobility Service to working in the security and grounds maintenance teams.

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Our Team

Rowan Longhurst

General Manager

Originally trained as a Landscape Architect at the University of Sheffield, Rowan has worked within the consultancy, charitable and private sectors both in the UK and abroad. Her experience stems from roles varying from strategic landscape planning, volunteer management, marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has always been interested in how local people shape the communities they live, whether it be through practical engagement or ideas generation. She loves maps and her bike.

Adele Lefebvre

Volunteer Manager

Adele has a wide experience in working with volunteers both in the UK and abroad as well as an extensive Customer Service background. While studying design in France, Adele worked in a landscape agency before creating her own kite company. She has always been interested in being part of events and activities in outdoor areas. She started working with volunteers when running community events and especially in China for the World Kite Championships. She moved to London in 2012 and has been caught up in the excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games ever since.

Ian Monteath

Customer Services
& Volunteer Duty Manager

Ian was born in Chile, grew up in Brazil, and has a Swiss Mother and British father. For over 35 years Ian worked in Aviation, arranging chartered flights for a range of customers and clients. This included helicopters, executive jets and up to Boeing 747s. The Olympic and Paralympic Games saw Ian join the Team London Ambassadors which marked the beginning of a career change working at the Green Park Pod. Like many others he was inspired by the volunteer movement and when the opportunity arose to become a Park Champion volunteer, he signed up and became a Team Leader. He has been an avid volunteer ever since which led to him joining the team as a Duty Manager. He continues to spend much of his spare time volunteering including within the Lee Valley, and on match days you’ll often see him at Saracens Rugby matches.

Gabriela Goncalves

Customer Services
& Volunteer Duty Manager

Park Champion and Loughborough London University Alumni, Gabriela is already very familiar with the Park. Originally trained as a physiotherapist, Gabriela has worked with sport sciences in Brazil over the last 8 years. As a sport fanatic, she had the opportunity of participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where she was in charge of all Team GB and Paralympics GB preparation camps. This included offering the best training environment for the athletes and staff as well as the coordination of the volunteer program. This has all contributed to her development of both theoretical and practical skills in customer services and volunteering coordination.

Simeon Earnshaw

Customer Services
& Volunteer Duty Manager

Simeon has over 20 years professional experience in Youth Work, both in management and direct work with children and young people. Having always been an active volunteer, Simeon took up the exciting opportunities to become both a London Ambassador and a London 2012 Gamesmaker, where he was a driver for both the Olympics and Paralympics. He then went onto become a Park Champion, where he enjoys volunteering in wide variety of roles including Community Guide, Team Leader and Buggy Driver. All these experiences enabled him to successfully gain employment in his current role as a Customer Services and Volunteer Duty Manager. Simeon enjoys cycling, baking and volunteering as a guide for the annual Open House Weekend

Neal Glucksmann-Smith

Customer Services
& Volunteer Duty Manager

Having retired in 2016 as a teacher Neal began volunteering at the Park. He was a 2012 Gamesmaker and was sure that he wanted to carry on volunteering once he retired. Neal had already volunteered at his local hockey club as coach and youth development officer. He was a school governor for nearly 20 years! Having been volunteering on the Park for 3 years, an opportunity came up to join the Duty Manager Team. He felt that he could bring additional skills to the team and thoroughly enjoy working with the Park Champions. He considers himself a bit of a “Geek” and enjoys researching the history of the park and keeping up with the developments. He really enjoys sharing this knowledge with visitors and other volunteers.

Alison Richmond

Customer Services
& Volunteer Duty Manager

Alison originally trained in hotel and catering management at Westminster College London and Oxford Polytechnic and more recently spent 5 years on the frontline as a GP receptionist. Having started volunteering at sporting events as a London 2012 Gamesmaker, she has continued to volunteer as a Park Champion and also as a London Ambassador for Team London. She is also a core volunteer at her local parkrun which encouraged her to start running. This has all contributed to her experience in customer service and has led to her joining the team as a Customer Services and Volunteer Duty Manager at the Park. In 2016 she went to Rio as a volunteer and she now also works for West Ham United Football Club as a Supporter Liaison Officer Area Supervisor on match days.