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.

Gary Stannett, MBE

Gary is the Chief Executive and Founder of the Active Communities Network who received his MBE for services to young people in Southwark in 2005 for his work on the ‘Kickstart’ programme – an activity programme working with high-risk young people on the Rockingham Estate in Elephant and Castle.

Gary then moved on to national management roles for the Football Foundation and the Home Office, heading up Positive Futures and developing sports projects to tackle substance misuse, youth crime and gang membership.

Gary currently sits on the board of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Palace for Life Foundation in a personal capacity.

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.