The Professional Footballers Australia have moved quickly to replace outgoing chief executive John Didiluca with two respected figures in the game – former Matilda Kate Gill and A-League veteran Beau Busch.
The exit of Didiluca at the start of the month left a gaping hole to fill for the players’ union, after he played a major role in key negotiations in recent years – including in getting the A-League season restarted as one of his parting gifts for the game.
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Kate Gill (R) played 86 games for Australia. Picture: APSource:AP
Busch played for North Queensland Fury and Sydney FC in his A-League career.Source:News Corp Australia
Gill and Busch were unveiled on Thursday, tasked with navigating the tricky waters at a crucial juncture for the game.
“The appointment of Beau and Kate as co-Chief Executives recognises their deep knowledge and understanding of the game, the football industry and the centrality of the players’ position within that system,” said PFA president Alex Wilkinson said.
“Both have a significant history of contribution to the PFA including during their playing careers.
“Their joint appointment recognises their commitment to working together as a team to serve the players and the game at what is a very challenging time with critical industrial, commercial and structural negotiations all due.”
Gill during her playing days with the Perth Glory. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images
Busch has most recently worked as Head of Player Relations, while Gill is stepping up from her role as deputy CEO.
“Kate and Beau have built an incredible rapport with the PFA’s membership, possess a strong track record of elevating players and were central in recent collective bargaining outcomes for the players,” said PFA Executive Member Lydia Williams.
Originally published asPlayers’ union unveils new Chief Executives
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