History and Oversight

Origin and oversight of the organisation

Company Registration Number: 7599236

Origin of the Organisation

APE Project CIC is a community interest company that promotes the provision of Play and Learning for children and young people in Bristol City and beyond. Our organisation was established in Bristol in 2007. Initially, the project was founded and run by Rachel Davies and Guy Dobson operating as two independent freelancers, with a dual role as playworkers and artists.  The project formalised its structure as a non-profit Community Interest Company in 2011.   Rachel Davies is a mother of 3 and a community artist who has worked at Felix Road Adventure Playground, Windmill Hill Adventure Playground, Play Mentor at Scrapstore, Leader of Adventures at Hannah More Primary School in addition her current role at APE Project.  Rachel is qualified to Level 3 in Playwork, level 1 in Forest Schools and a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art.   Guy Dobson started his career in adventure playgrounds in London in the late 1990’s before moving to Bristol where he was senior playworker at Bristol Playbus Project and then Forest School Leader and Play Leader at CSV Environment before working for APE Project full time.  Guy is qualified to Level 3 in Playwork, Level 3 in Forest Schools and BA Hons in Fine Art.

Governing Document

APE Project CIC is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee which incorporated on 11th April 2011.  The organisation was established under a memorandum of Association which governed its objects and powers and is governed under its Articles of Association.  The company is governed by a Management Committee.  All members retire each year at the annual general meeting but are eligible for re-election.  No person can hold the office of Chairperson for more than three years in succession.  Members of the Management Committee are Directors of the company and guarantee to contribute £1 in the event of the winding up of the company.

The Board of Management

Sarah Rowland
Asafo Gyata
Peter Goddard
Stewart Wright
Anna Lowther-Harris
Ben Bowskill

Current Structure

The Board of Management
Executive Directors: Rachel Davies and Guy Dobson
Finance and Fundraising Manager: Rosie Mathers
Bike Workshop Manager: Ciaran Norton
Bike Mechanic Apprentice: Gabi Pau


The project has grown to 5 staff on payroll, with many sessional and freelance staff, especially during the summer months.  APE has also worked with hundreds of volunteers and young people on placements during its rich history.  We have continued to provide mobile outdoor adventure play and learning opportunities for children, young people and their families through the provision of play, learning and recreational activities.  

APE Project staff are CRB checked, first aid trained and qualified play workers/forest school leaders/bike mechanics/practising artists with years of experience between them.  APE Project activities are ideal for children and young people of all ages and we can work in schools, colleges, clubs, open access play settings, festivals, community events and private bookings.