SafePlay People

SafePlay Management Team

Jeff Speake – Director

Kent Applegate – Sales Manager

Glen Thawley – Sales & Design Consultant

Chris Selkirk – Project Co-Ordinator

Sue Lohman – Sales Support

Lesley Speake – Administration Manager



Jeff Speake, Director

Jeff has qualifications in Sales Management and Marketing, establishing Safe Play Systems Pty Ltd in 1993. Prior to running his own business he was Product Marketing Manager for a major Australian public company. He has extensive experience in playscape design, public consultation and project management.

He was a Board Member of PRAV / Play Australia for 20 years and was Vice President for 10 years. In recognition of his efforts and support of the work of PRAV, Jeff was awarded PRAV Life Membership in October 2007.

Dear Jeff,

On behalf of the directors of the “Tigers Clubhouse” I would like to thank you and your company for the initial consultations and subsequent building of our playground. Your professional expertise in this area is obvious and attention to detail was greatly appreciated by all concerned. In my opinion the location of the playground adjacent to the bistro has been responsible for up to 30% of customers coming into the “Tigers Clubhouse” to dine. ... Please do not hesitate to offer my name to any prospective customers for recommendation of your company and playground equipment.

Daryle Hill, General Manager - Tigers Clubhouse

Jeff provides input on design, plan presentation, development costs, project management and liaison with clients, suppliers and contractors.


Kent Applegate, Sales Manager

Kent has eight years of experience designing and selling playground equipment for councils and developers all over Australia.  With 3 kids of his own, Kent understands play, appreciates the benefits of providing risk taking experience to children of all developmental stages, and consistently thinks outside the box to deliver results unique to the project.

Hi Kent,

Thank you for your assistance with the community group to remove the original equipment. Council are very happy with the finished playground and the manner in which SafePlay conducted the works. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Brett Allen - Project Officer, Capital Projects City of Greater Geelong

Kent will consistently deliver on his promises and work with the project team to ensure that you are always happy with the outcomes delivered.


Glen Thawley, Sales & Design Consultant

Glen has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the Universty of Otago, and has worked in a variety of fitness training and management roles in New Zealand and Australia.  Glen came to SafePlay after spending five years designing gym and fitness facilities with state-of-the-art equipment throughout Australia.

He is devoted to making sure that the end result exceeds client's expectations, on all projects         


Chris Selkirk, Project Co-Ordinator

Chris has an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering and possesses all-round skills from project documentation, customer liaison through to project/production coordination. He assists with all aspects of project development from product delivery to project management.

Chris manages, coordinates and implements the installation of SafePlay projects. He organises documentation, liaises with clients to confirm information, and coordinates suppliers / contractors on all projects.


Sue Lohman, Sales Support

Sue has a Business College Diploma in Office Administration and is experienced in all aspects of office management. She assists the SPS team as required in the preparation of CAD drawings for presentation. She is also responsible for the administration of SafePlay's website.

Sue combines creative design skills and knowledge of play equipment and materials to produce considered concept plans and documentation using our CAD programme. The team certainly benefits from Sue’s valuable skills set.


Lesley Speake, Administration Manager

While Lesley has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science, it is her ability to keep operations on track and running smoothly that makes her an integral part of the project team.

She oversees all aspects of SafePlay's operations, administration and finances.

Lesley is the main point of contact for matters relating to accounts and finances.

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