Former Matilda and ex-A-League defender to head soccer players' union
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Former Matilda and ex-A-League defender to head soccer players' union

Kate Gill has been appointed co-chief of the PFA.

Kate Gill has been appointed co-chief of the PFA.Credit:Getty Images

Former Matilda Kate Gill and ex-A-League defender Beau Busch will succeed John Didulica as joint chief executives of Australia's union for soccer players.

Gill and Busch share a combined 12 years of experience within the PFA's management team.

Gill was most recently Didulica's deputy while Busch was head of player relations.

A long-serving member of the PFA Matildas committee, Gill became the first female player to be elected to the PFA executive in 2014.

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Since then she has played an important role in the drive for better pay rates for the Matildas and female players in the W-League, including the 'whole of game' collective bargaining agreement in 2015 , the first ever W-League CBA in 2017 and last year's historic deal which delivered pay equity between the Socceroos and the Matildas in a world first.

"It is a privilege to be appointed as PFA co-chief executive," Gill said. "The PFA has always been about the players and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that your peers and former teammates have confidence in you to lead their organisation."

Busch has been an important figure in the PFA's player development program, which helps shape and support the education, development, wellbeing and transition of professional soccer players on and off the pitch.

The former Sydney FC and North Queensland Fury defender has been has most recently been involved in dealing with the difficulties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is an honour to represent our members," Busch said. "The players have consistently demonstrated remarkable leadership and solidarity and never more so than during the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the agreement to restart the A-League."

PFA president Alex Wilkinson, the former Socceroos centre back and Sydney FC stalwart, said the duo's extensive experience in leadership roles would serve the players well at a difficult and unprecedented period for the sport.

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"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," 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."

PFA executive member Lydia Williams, the Matildas goalkeeper who has just signed for Arsenal, said the duo's links with current players was a critical factor in their favour.

"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.

"Kate's appointment will also see five women on our 12-person executive, which accords with the 40-40-20 principle and further advances the PFA's longstanding commitment to gender equality in the game's governance and career pathways."

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