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Many thanks to our Palace for Life PlayMakers for giving up their time and offering their skills and expertise to help us change the lives of young people across south London:

Louise Court – 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.

Saima Mohsin – 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.

Andrea Perry – journalist at the Croydon Chronicle. She is helping to oversee a special youth edition of the Croydon Chronicle to provide local young people with hands-on experience of publishing a community newspaper.

Angus Robertson – Director of Operations at London Sport. He 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.

Emma Bradman – 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.

Vivienne Inglis – 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.

Kevin Martin – 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.

Dan Cudmore – works alongside regeneration, district centres, physical activity and public health colleagues to deliver health outcomes in Croydon. He runs his own consultancy and will be using his wealth of knowledge and experiences to help upskill local community organisations in the Thornton Heath area.

Andrew Graham – 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.

Martin Tempia – 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.

Jan Podsiadly – 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.

Emma Wright – 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.

Dev Thakker – 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.

Khalil Goddard – 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.

Patrick Stevens – 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.

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

Andy Street – 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.

Caroline Keefe – 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

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

Steve Yewman – 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 destination of South London. Steve has over 20 years’ experience working across property development, investment and management and for the past 10 years has been focussed 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 world of work and provides an insight into the range of job opportunities.

James Allen – 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.

Stephen Barton – 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 whereby he makes complicated software easy to understand by creating interactive online media and e-learning. Stephen will be using his experience to support the Foundation and its beneficiaries.

Jointly funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, 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.

The Foundation are currently in the process of recruiting PlayMakers and have identified the type of opportunities for them to help deliver. These include:

  • Sharing unique skills and experiences
  • Presenting at school assemblies
  • Facilitating work experience placements
  • Providing Trainee and Apprenticeships
  • Helping with CVs or careers advice
  • Deeper or longer term mentoring, or life coaching

If you are interested in becoming a PlayMaker, or for more information, contact: donaldforde@palaceforlife.org