As Chief Executive of PFA Scotland Fraser Wishart aim is to ensure that football players in Scotland receive the maximum protection and representation at every level of the game.
Furthermore Fraser is determined that these players are provided with every opportunity to succeed in their careers-both in and out of the game.
In recent times, Fraser’s services have been in high demand offering advice and support to players involved in legal and contract disputes. He has also been called upon to offer help to players facing redundancy.
Fraser’s extensive playing career included spells at Motherwell, Rangers, Hearts, St Mirren and Clydebank meaning he has a vast experience of sharing dressing rooms with fellow professionals and is ideally placed to represent player interests.
As PFA Scotland continues to grow, Fraser hopes to use his knowledge of the football business to put in place structures that will secure the provision of education, employment training and representation of players in Scotland for many years to come.
Tony Higgins became chairman of the players’ union at the age of 25, ultimately becoming secretary before moving to FIFPro (the World Players’ Union) where he has special responsibility for politics, education and discrimination issues.
His time spent with the players’ union combined with his playing career mean Tony has been involved in professional football for around 40 years. Tony spent most of his playing days at Hibernian in the 1970s, a time when players had no contractual rights even at the end of their contracts and it was this that sparked a real interest in the rights of professional football players.
Tony has been instrumental in all the changes to players’ contracts both domestically and internationally, and was involved in the discussions that resulted in the Freedom of Movement in 1980 and the Bosman case in 1985.
Although now working with FIFPro, Tony is available to provide advice and assistance to PFA which is proving invaluable as a consequence of his international contacts and connections.
Craig Flannigan – Education
Craig Flannigan is PFA Scotland’s Education Co-ordinator and as been hugely instrumental in driving home the message to players that education and training off the pitch are just as vital as practicing the skills on it.
Craig’s playing career saw him feature in the Scottish U16s side which reached the World Cup Final and capped at U21 level but fail to make the breakthrough at Rangers. Spells at Clydebank, Queen of the South and Partick Thistle followed during which time Craig learned the value of learning and education outside the game.
After stopping playing in 2001, Craig studied a Sports Science degree graduating with Distinction. Craig then went on to complete post graduate studies with the English FA giving him a unique understanding of the academic science within football.
Craig has successfully worked with SPL clubs and a number of individual players with a high degree of success and currently delivers fitness and conditioning at St Johnstone FC.
Craig’s knowledge and experience in Sports Science and Educational Initiatives mean he has great influence upon the young players coming into today’s game and ensure he is an invaluable member of the PFA Scotland team and a visionary in all issues of personal development for the members.
Stuart Lovell is an Australian by birth but spent his entire successful playing career in the UK, featuring on both sides of the border. Stuart spent the best part of a decade at Reading making well over 200 appearances before enjoying spells with Hibernian, Livingston and Queen of the South in Scotland. Stuart also had the honour of being awarded 2 international caps from Australia during his career.
Since joining the PFA Scotland team, Stuart has worked tirelessly to improve communications with players at every level of the game in Scotland. His desire to visit clubs the length and breadth of the country has ensured that member levels continue to rise and that member players are constantly updated on developments within their union.
Stuart’s vast experience allied to his successful media career ensures he is recognisable and approachable figure within PFA Scotland and is constantly developing improved player relations and services, and is a constant and reliable source of knowledge and advice for players having any contractual or disciplinary difficulties.
Jack Ross’ playing career started and ended in the top league in Scotland with spells in Junior football, lower leagues, English football and University in between. Jack’s previous clubs include Dundee, Clyde, Falkirk, St Mirren and Hartlepool United and he was capped at B International level for Scotland. During his spell outside the professional rank he achieved an MA Honours degree in Economics.
Jack’s departure from the senior game ignited an interest in the PFA and how players were protected and advised during their career in the game and beyond. Jack was the inaugural Chairman of PFA Scotland, heading a management committee consisting of players representing the views of those within the dressing room.
Following his recent retirement from playing Jack has designed and presented a gambling awareness project for players in Scotland and has been working towards improving the way in which PFA Scotland communicates with its members and keeps them informed of the work the organisation is undertaking.
Debbie Morris became part of the PFA Scotland team in 2009, bringing with her several years of management experience dealing with a wide range of topics from HR and legislative matters to recruitment and misconduct in employment.
Debbie has relished the diversity that comes from working within PFA Scotland and enjoyed the organisational aspects of events such as the Awards Dinner and Careers Day.
Originally from Glasgow, Debbie spent eight years in her last job with a leading recruitment consultancy, and believes that her knowledge of dealing with a multitude of employment is a great asset in her role with PFA Scotland.