Trustees

Ed Warner

Ed is the Chair of the Trustees and currently serves as Chair of UK Athletics, World Para Athletics and the organising committee of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships. He also has extensive experience in the financial services industry and many years of board experience, including currently as Chairman of Grant Thornton UK. He was awarded the OBE for services to athletics in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

Commenting on his new role as Chair to the Trustees, Ed said:
“As a Palace fan for 45 years, I’ve always been an admirer of the work the club does in the South London community. Through the good times and bad, the Foundation has always been there to help young people. I’m looking forward to working with the Foundation team and the club to play my part in developing the charity as a force for good in South London.”

Stephen Browett

Stephen Browett is the Chairman of Farr Vintners. He had the great fortune to be born in the magnificent 1959 vintage and has spent his whole working life in the wine trade starting off as the van driver for La Réserve in Knightsbridge in 1980. Stephen joined Farr Vintners in 1984 and became a Director in 1985. His main responsibility is for buying Bordeaux but he also has great knowledge of the wines of The Rhone Valley and Burgundy. He is married with four sons. Stephen is also one of the owners of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Christine Double

Christine Double has been actively involved in community sport for more than 25 years. Beginning her career as a coach and a PE teacher, Christine then spent 10 years in sports development, winning the Local Authority Race Equality Award for ‘Kicking Out’, a play aimed at eliminating racism from football.

Christine established the North & East London Sports Network aimed at using sport to regenerate local communities, including supporting the Olympic bid for 2012. In 2005, Christine became Director of Pro-Active South London, one of 5 County Sports Partnerships working across London with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

After leaving the County Sports Partnership in 2015, Christine has set up her own consultancy and is currently working with Croydon Voluntary Action leading the Game Changer project, which works with a number of local partners in Croydon, to engage young people into a wide variety of sports activities and links them to health, education and employment opportunities.

Christine currently sits on a number of local, sub-regional and regional groups, including being a Trustee of the London Playing Fields Foundation. She is an advocate of the role of sport in delivering wider social outcomes.

Christine played hockey at club level until recently, but now enjoys playing badminton, tennis, running and walking. Born in South East London, Christine attended her first Palace game in 1975 with her dad and continues to be an avid fan.

Steve O’Connell

Steve is a South Londoner and Croydon resident who is a Lifelong Crystal Palace FC Fan. He has been a Councillor in Croydon since 2002 and GLA Member for Croydon and Sutton since 2008.

He has been Deputy Leader of the Council and is an Advisor to the Mayor on Policing. He believes strongly in social cohesion and mobility and completely gets how sport can be a force for good in all Communities particularly those in difficult circumstances.

Steve believes that the role that the Foundation plays in improving the skills and Life Chances of young people across South London is vital and Life Changing. He passionately supports our work.