Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Collins as General Counsel and Tom Moffat as Legal Counsel.

PFA Chief Executive Adam Vivian announced their appointments today describing it as a significant boost to the PFA’s Legal and Advocacy Unit.

“Both Angela and Tom’s appointments are the result of an extensive recruitment process,” said Vivian. “The PFA has a long tradition of providing players with ‘world class’ legal representation and advice and in Angela and Tom we are certain that this will remain to be the case.

“With the games three key Collective Bargaining Agreements – Socceroos, Matildas and A-League – all set to expire on June 30, 2015, Tom and Angela will be instrumental in the PFA’s pursuit of a whole of game partnership between Football Federation Australia (FFA), the A-League clubs, the players and the PFA.”

With extensive experience in representing professional athletes in contract disputes, Collective Bargaining and providing legal advice, Collins joins the PFA having spent the last 12 months working at International Player Relations (IPR), where she was mentored by PFA Co-Founder and Special Counsel Brendan Schwab.

Prior to her employment at IPR, Angela worked with Netball Victoria, where she was instrumental to ensuring the good governance of the organisation as the Legal and Executive Advisor.

“Through my work with IPR and Netball Victoria I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the Nation’s top athletes and to learn from someone as knowledgeable and respected as Brendan Schwab,” said Collins. “This experience will no doubt prove invaluable in my role at the PFA as we look to ensure both the wellbeing of the game and the players.”

A former first class cricketer, with the South Australian Redbacks, Tom joins the PFA after having spent the previous two-years working as a Solicitor at Ryan Commercial Lawyers, in Melbourne.

A Graduate of the University of Adelaide Tom has also gained invaluable experience working with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and as an Intern at the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.

“Through my career as a cricketer I was able to gain a first hand insight into the many challenges and opportunities that professional athletes face,” said Moffat. “I am relishing the opportunity to work with the country’s top footballers and I’m committed to playing a part in ensuring they have a workplace of the highest standard.”