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Jointly funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, Palace for Life Foundation PlayMakers is about tapping into the skills and experience of Palace fans to help the Foundation improve the lives of young people in south London.

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What Is A PlayMaker?

A Palace for Life Foundation PlayMaker is anyone who volunteers their time and shares their experience to benefit the  Foundation or the young people we support.

Darren Randon

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Darren Randon

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Poet and Co-Founder of Well Versed Ink, a community company that runs spoken word events and workshops, Darren is a qualified teacher who uses his experience working with young people excluded from school or who have experienced homelessness, to deliver workshops designed with the individual in mind. He has run sessions for the Foundation and recently wrote and recorded a song for the Club’s collaboration with BBC Super Movers.

Jack Rowlands

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Jack Rowlands

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Inspector in the Metropolitan Police and lifelong Crystal Palace supporter, Jack has spent the majority of his 16 year policing career in Croydon and Lambeth focused on helping young people move away from crime and negative choices. In 2015 Jack founded the ‘DIVERT’  programme which steers young people that come into police custody onto positive pathways. In 2018 DIVERT started working closely with the Foundation and we now have a Custody Intervention Coach based directly in Croydon Police Custody Centre who helps young people who are arrested find employment, training and education by referring them onto programmes offered by the Foundation and other partners.

Chris Waters

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Chris Waters

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Chief Financial Officer at the white space innovation consultancy Bow & Arrow. Chris has been a season ticket holder for over 20 years, writing for the match day programme and serving as a Board member with the Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust for 9 years. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Chris has worked a number of finance roles at the likes of Sony Music and will be sharing career advice to young people on our Route to Employment programmes.

Scott Hart

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Scott Hart

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Having worked in the leisure business for 33 years, initially as a Lifeguard at South Norwood pool, Scott is now the General Manager of Croydon Sports Arena. He has worked with Palace Guard FC (Eagles ball boys) as a coach and also took part in the Marathon March in 2017 and 2018. Scott will be sharing his knowledge of the leisure industry to enhance the work of the Foundation.

Rhys Jones

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Rhys Jones

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Director at Blueberry Pictures, an award winning professional video production company with over 20 years experience in the film industry working with international companies, leading brands and a wide range of businesses in and around London.  Rhys is helping produce promotional videos for Train Like a Pro soccer schools, engaging with both kids and coaches to exhibit the benefits of this youth initiative. As a qualified coach himself who runs a local junior team, Rhys appreciates the positive impact on both the kids and community that football can have.

Julian Tucker

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Julian Tucker

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Senior Lawyer at Deutsche Bank with over 30 years’ experience in financial law. Julian is also a member of the Palace for Life Foundation’s Investors Club, a British archery coach and a singer in the East London Chorus. He will be supporting a range of programmes with his diverse skill set.

David Goddard

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David Goddard

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Managing Director at iHasco Limited and a lifelong Palace fan & long term season ticket holder. David has 25 years of experience overseeing the creation of engaging video and animated content to help thousands of businesses train staff online in a wide range of subjects covering Health & Safety, HR and Compliance. David hopes to use both iHasco products and his knowledge and experience to support the Foundation.

Jemma Lawley

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Jemma Lawley

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Former Great Ormond Street Hospital nurse who has retrained as an athletics coach in order to align her lifelong interests in both health and sport. Jemma offers a huge amount of enthusiasm and an ever increasing athletic knowledge along with a great deal of experience of working with children and families across all socio-economic backgrounds in health and ill-health. Jemma will be supporting the delivery of the Healthy Eagles programme.

Stephen Barton

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Stephen Barton

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Has worked as an IT Trainer for over 20 years at a range of professional services companies, creating engaging learning experiences in virtual or real-world training rooms and designing accessible user guides. More recently he is enjoying a role at global law firm Kennedys Law as an e-learning developer where he makes complicated software easy to understand by creating interactive online media. Stephen will be using his experience to support the Foundation and its beneficiaries.

Lol Hammond

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Lol Hammond

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DJ and former Drum Club member who is the Music Supervisor for Vertigo films. Lol has been responsible for the soundtrack for a number of Sky productions including: Bullet Proof, Obey and Britannia. Other productions include Football Factory, The Business, Bronson, The Sweeney and many more. He will be working with our Premier League Kicks Community League programme giving participants, volunteers and coaches the opportunity to showcase the Kicks programme while giving those interested in media the chance to learn the skills necessary to put together a short documentary film.

James Allen

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James Allen

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Director of Policy, Governance and External Affairs at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. James is passionate about the role that sport can play in tackling inequality and in making communities healthier, happier, more inclusive and more resilient. He is proud to support the great work of the Foundation in areas including political strategy and engagement, developing evidence of impact and communications.

Steve Yewman

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Steve Yewman

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Development Director at Unibail Rodamco Westfield, responsible for the delivery of the £1.4bn regeneration project which will transform Croydon’s two main shopping centres into the retail and leisure destinations of South London. Steve has over 20 years’ experience working across property development, investment and management and for the past 10 years has been focused specifically on regeneration projects in Croydon and Wandsworth. He has partnered with the Foundation to support the PL Works programme which gives young people first-hand experience of the working world and provides an insight into the range of job opportunities.

Paul Coen

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Paul Coen

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Director of Paul Coen Wealth Management Ltd providing financial advice including investment, retirement, and tax planning. Paul offers bespoke advice to individuals and companies. He will be supporting the Foundation by delivering workshops to provide financial education for children, young adults and senior management.

Caroline Keefe

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Caroline Keefe

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Spent over 10 years on the board of the Pensions Management Institute London Committee as Business Secretary organising business events. She will be supporting the Foundation by supporting and leading workshops in schools and volunteering at events.

Andy Street

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Andy Street

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Co-founder of popular Crystal Palace fanzine, the Five Year Plan podcast, as well as a solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, working as a litigator with a specialism in sports law cases – and has acted for a number of international footballers. Andy will use his experience to help on the Foundation’s schools programmes, speaking about how his school years shaped his future.

Darren Amer

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Darren Amer

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Customer experience and UX designer who has run design projects for companies such as Virgin Active, Money Saving Expert, Lord’s MCC, and P&O Cruises. Darren is a lifelong Palace fan who is supporting the Foundation by giving his advice with experience and design while unlocking the creative potential in the local area.

Patrick Stevens

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Patrick Stevens

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Lifelong Palace fan Patrick is the former International Head of the Crown Prosecution Service and now a Director at Optima. Patrick is giving his expertise, experience and networks to support the work of local refugee charity Young Roots and Amnesty UK, helping to improve the life chances of refugees in our community.

Khalil Goddard

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Khalil Goddard

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Secondary school headteacher and writer who has had work published in books, magazines, and on radio. Having lived in South London for 25 years, Khalil has developed an affinity with the local area and is a proponent of unlocking potential within the younger generation. He will deliver a series of creative writing workshops which will provide young participants with the support to produce an anthology of their works.

Dev Thakker

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Dev Thakker

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Junior Doctor, currently carrying out his surgical training in the South East. He has delivered motivational talks in schools for the Healthy Eagles programme and will support the community engagement team to continue to improve health and wellbeing in south London, as well as educate and make positive changes.

Emma Wright

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Emma Wright

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Senior Account Director at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, one of the biggest PR agencies in the world, where she leads international PR campaigns for Adidas in football and for Facebook’s virtual reality arm Oculus. She has also founded a new division of the agency H+K Better Impact which helps brands support social and environmental issues. Emma will be visiting children who are moving up to secondary school and helping them prepare for this big change.

Jan Podsiadly

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Jan Podsiadly

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A professional photographer and rock ‘n’ roll singer with a background in marketing and communications. Since giving up full-time employment as head of communications for a disability charity, Jan has become a Fellow of the RSA, indulged his passion for 50s music and plays with the Foundation’s Fitter Fans team. He will be supporting the Foundation primarily though photography for stock use and support for community projects.

Martin Tempia

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Martin Tempia

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A producer working in film, television and the theatre. He has been involved in a number of training initiatives in the TV industry and has a played a leading role in establishing a charitable trust to take over the governance of Crystal Palace Park where he serves as a trustee. He has been using his wide and varied social networks to connect the Foundation with other valuable PlayMakers like himself.

Andrew Graham

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Andrew Graham

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Retired professional who possesses 28 years of experience with Barclays Bank internationally, and 11 years of experience working in Sutton Council’s housing department. He is on the Board of Trustees of Croydon Community Mediation, is the treasurer of Croydon Dyslexia Association and spends two days a week supporting administrative duties at Palace for Life Foundation.

Dan Cudmore

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Dan Cudmore

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Health Partnerships Manager at Cancer Research UK, Dan works with corporate partners such as Tesco to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK population and raise money for vital cancer research. With previous experience at Croydon Council and London Sport, Dan will be using his wealth of knowledge and expertise to support community organisations.

Kevin Martin

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Kevin Martin

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Operations Director at Superunion, a next generation brand agency, Kevin also runs a local design consultancy, KM Design. A Palace fan for nearly 30 years, Kevin has worked as a steward at the club for 22 years. Having worked as a consultant for the Foundation since April 2017, he also volunteered a day of his time, producing on a range of design work to support Foundation programmes and events.

Vivienne Inglis

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Vivienne Inglis

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Head of Security at Harrods. A Palace season ticket holder and Marathon March veteran, she is helping young people on the Opportunities for Success programme with one-on-one support to improve their CVs.

Emma Bradman

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Emma Bradman

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Head of Talent at Prospectus, one of the largest charity recruitment companies in the UK. A local resident and lifelong Palace fan, Emma is helping young people on the Opportunities for Success programme with their interview and presentation skills.

Angus Robertson

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Angus Robertson

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Former Director of Operations at London Sport, Angus has committed his time to deliver a workshop on opportunities in the sport and leisure industry to participants of Palace for Life’s College Academy programmes at Bromley College, Carshalton High School for Boys and Harris South Norwood.

Andrea Perry

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Andrea Perry

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Editor of the Croydon Chronicle. She oversaw a special youth edition of the Croydon Chronicle to provide local young people with hands-on experience of publishing a community newspaper.

Saima Mohsin

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Saima Mohsin

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Broadcaster and journalist, who has anchored for CNN, Channel 4 and the BBC. She is supporting year 10 pupils develop their presentation skills as part of the Premier League’s Enterprise Challenge, which the Foundation delivers.

Louise Court

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Louise Court

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former Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. She has pledged her time to provide life and career coaching for Foundation participants, as well as sharing her expertise in shaping the new Healthy Eagles programme.

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