Contact the Team

 

Fraser Wishart – Chief Executive

Fraser Wishart - Chief Executive

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 – President

Tony Higgins - President

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 1995.

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.

 

Michelle Evans – Communications and Wellbeing

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 was also 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 or call her on 07796 171490.

 

Susie van der Post – Commercial and Events

Susie van der Post - Commercial and Events

Susie van der Post successfully built up her own business 13 years ago with the primary focus of Project and Event Management and boasts a portfolio of clients in Scotland and overseas.

Susie is no stranger to Scottish football as her history includes being the Sales Manager at Rangers FC and then more recently being approached by Hibernian FC to assist the club with Hospitality Operations.

Susie has been a vital part of the PFA Scotland team for over 10 years now arranging the Player of the Year Awards. With Susie’s focus and direction, our annual event is now seen as THE social highlight in the sporting calendar.

As a key part of the team, and due to her experience and input, PFA Scotland has now widened Susie’s role to look after our Commercial activities in addition to running our Events. 

As Susie is well known to our current Business Partners, her role will now be to secure new partnerships which will mutually benefit our members whilst being the main contact for our current clients. Susie will be available anytime at   or by calling 07720 416661. 

 

Donna Afaty – Office manager

Donna Afaty - Office Manager

Donna is an experienced Office Manager with over 20 years’ experience in her field. She is proficient with all finance, administration and customer service tasks and is a knowledgeable point of contact for you all.

She studied business admin and IT before venturing into the world of training and is CIPD qualified in Learning and Development practices. Donna has previously worked in public, private and voluntary sectors and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to PFA Scotland and its members which can only be good as we continue to grow, strengthen and expand our services.

Donna's roles as Office Manager is to ensure that the office runs smoothly and that the team have everything that they need to fully support our members. Donna may contact you regarding your membership, education grant or just to give you some info. Should you need to speak with her you can email her at or call the office on 0141 353 0199.

Chris Higgins – Personal Development Officer

Chris Higgins - Personal Devlopment Officer

Chris Higgins will be a familiar face to many of you from playing against him at some point in his football career. Among the clubs he has turned out for are Clyde, Dunfermline, Queen of the South, Ayr United and now East Fife – his first foray into part time football. Over the years, he has picked up three league winners medals as well as winning the Challenge Cup.

Chris is very much one of you and understands the stresses and strains of the modern day footballer. More importantly, with his career winding down, he very much gets the need for players to start planning for life after football as soon as possible. That will be his focus in his new role as PFA Scotland’s Personal Development Officer as he puts education and training courses in place for players as well as helping with finding employment to run alongside your football or for once you’ve hung your boots up.

Chris is no stranger to having other interests outside his playing career – like many of you, he did the Personal Training course and set himself up as a Personal Trainer. He is incredibly passionate about helping his fellow players plan for the future so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with him.

As well as his day job here at PFA Scotland, Chris will be turning out for League 1 hopefuls East Fife as well as coaching the under-16s at Heart of Midlothian Academy, a role he has been doing since 2016. You can contact Chris on 07719 902438 or email .