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.
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.
Michelle Evans – Communications
Michelle Evans has a solid background in sports journalism working in both print and broadcast. Graduating from Napier University, she started as a reporter with The Paisley Daily Express before moving on to work on the Real Radio Football Phone-In, for which she is probably best known. She still attends matches and broadcasts as part of the PLZ Soccer show every Saturday
Latterly, she made the move in to the world of PR working with Partick Thistle during the 2012/13 season when they won the First Division title, advising Albion Rovers during their Scottish Cup adventures last season and spent time as Press Officer with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Michelle has come on board to work on the union’s communications at all levels – with our members, the media and our business partners and sponsors. On top of that, she and Stuart Lovell will be visiting all 42 clubs across the country keeping players informed of the union’s tireless work carried out on their behalf.
Many of you will know Michelle already from her time in the media, but if you don’t then you will find her very approachable and if you have any issues she will be more than happy to do what she can to help. Similarly, if you have any suggestions for improving communication with our members then please get in touch with her firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07796 171490.
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.