Simon Barker, Assistant Chief Executive
Simon Barker, Assistant Chief Executive.
Simon embarked on a career as a professional footballer in 1981 at Blackburn Rovers where he appeared in 213 league and cup matches and scored 41 goals. During this period with the club he earned a winners medal in the Full Members Cup Final, and was capped four times when playing for England U-21’s and in 1988 was transferred for a then club record fee of £400,000 to First Division, Queens Park Rangers.
Simon played with distinction at QPR for 10 years in the top flight of professional football and after appearing in 376 league and cup matches and scoring 41 goals he stands eleventh in the club’s list of record appearance holders. He earned a well deserved testimonial in his final year with the club before joining Port Vale in 1998 for a short spell, appearing 35 times and scoring 2 goals..
Simon retired from professional football through injury in 1999 at the ripe old age of 35. His professional career spanned 19 years, and he appeared in a total of 624 competitive matches and scored 84 goals.
Simon had performed the PFA Delegate role at all his professional clubs and was a member of the PFA’s Management Committee for 5 years. It therefore seemed a logical progression to join the PFA on a full time basis and this he did in 2000 after retiring from playing.
In his role as Assistant Chief Executive at the PFA, Simon manages contractual, regulation and disciplinary issues between players, clubs and governing bodies, and educates and assists members on issues that affect their careers such as anti-doping, betting, discipline, agents, pensions, insurance and retraining.
He is also a Trustee of the Professional Footballers’ Pension Scheme and National Football Museum in addition he is a Director of the Professional Players Federation and Sports Dispute Resolution Panel.