Affectionately known as the ‘gaffer’ of English cricket, Alec Stewart OBE, is the most capped England cricketer of all time.
Alec took over the England captaincy from Mike Atherton in 1998 and promptly led the side to its first major series win for 12 years, against South Africa. He hit top form again during the 2000 one-day triangular series, and when he scorched a century in his 100th Test, the sheer length of the standing ovation he received suggested that Stewart had become a national institution.
Against India at Lord’s in 2002, he crowned his achievements by becoming England’s most-capped Test cricketer, overtaking Graham Gooch’s record of 118 matches. Fittingly, his final game was at The Oval in which he scored 38, and took his side to victory.
He will go down as one of England’s greatest…
Alec StewartOBE - Director of Cricket at Surrey CCC – Former England International Cricketer.
“My philosophy is about respecting our bodies, and our Earth. If we work with nature, rather than abusing it, in the long-term we will all reap the benefits.”
In 1989 Jo was taken seriously ill. She was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and placed on steroids for the next two years. However, Jo believed that there had to be other options available to her, and she set about to find another way to cure herself, the natural way. Through a chance press story she met a wonderful herbalist called Gerald Green, who taught her about all organic farming – about how we grow and consume food. Jo found herself in unfamiliar territory, but that didn’t stop her from learning everything she could – from the pesticides used in farming, how this affects not only our immune systems, but also wildlife and the environment, right through to nutritional healing. Jo’s holistic journey had begun, and it would prove to not only be lifesaving, but life changing.
As a natural progression, Jo then started to question what she was cleaning her house with – the chemicals found in products and the rise in allergies, and ultimately she started questioning what she was putting on her skin. Struggling to find organic and natural beauty products that not only looked great, but that actually performed on the skin, Jo took matters once again into her own hands, and in 2003 started developing her own range – Jo Wood Organics. Jo was on a one-woman mission to show the beauty industry that organic products could be luxurious, sophisticated, and decadent and that there were other consumers like her who wanted more of a choice. In 2005 Jo Wood Organics launched with Harvey Nichols in London.
The years that followed saw Jo champion and support green issues, with Jo becoming a spokesperson on environmental issues. She even wrote her first book ‘Naturally’ She started up her own pop-up restaurant – Mrs. Paisley’s Lashings with leading chef Arthur Potts Dawson as a way to raise awareness on sustainability. She continues to judge the Soil Association Organic Food Awards, and is an ongoing ambassador for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion. She also writes for the Natural Health Magazine monthly. As of 2017, Jo Wood Organics has re-launched and is sold in Fortnum & Masons.
Jo currently juggles her time between her townhouse in Camden Town and her wonderful home in Spain, both of which she has interior designed herself. Jo continues to work tirelessly for charities & campaigns she supports, having made press trips to the slums in Bangladesh, and even taken a spiritual pilgrimage to Tibet.
Jo has 10 gorgeous grandchildren, and she continues to expand her diverse business portfolio.
Jo WoodBeauty entrepreneur, designer & interior stylist, TV personality, author, columnist, restaurateur, charitable campaigner and all round champion of glamorous and green living.
An English-born Northern Irish football manager, former professional footballer and sports television pundit.
As a player he was a striker from 1983 until 2001, notably in the Premier League for Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United. He earned 59 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 12 goals. He also played in the Football League for Luton Town, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. After retiring from playing he went on to manage Oldham Athletic, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers and Hull City (Football Management Consultant). He is currently a Football Pundit on Sky Sports.
Iain DowieFormer Professional Footballer and Football Manager
Gordon is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association a position he has held for over 30 years, under his tenure the union continues to go from strength to strength.
A former professional player, Gordon made over 250 appearances for Bolton Wanderers and scored over 50 goals before being transferred to Birmingham City in 1970. He also played for Blackburn Rover and finally Bury before retiring in 1980 to work full-time for the PFA.
In 1981 Cliff Lloyd OBE handed over the stewardship of the PFA to Gordon and he was duly appointed Secretary/Chief Executive.
Gordon pioneered the ‘Football in the Community’ initiative, starting with a pilot scheme of 6 clubs the successful model was eventually rolled out to all 92 Football League clubs.
Gordon continues to be a pivotal ambassador for anti-racism campaigns within football and has ensured that the PFA remains a major funder and key partner for both the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and ‘Kick It Out’ organisations. Gordon was inducted into the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame’ in 2004.
Gordon has a degree in economics and honorary degree from Loughborough and De Montfort Universities. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008, recognising his services to Football. In 2011 he received the ‘Lifetime Contribution to North West Football’ award and also the ‘Contribution to League Football Award’.