Director of Finance
Former Manchester City and Bury player Darren Wilson has worked for the PFA for over sixteen years in his capacity of Director of Finance and oversees the Finance department. Reporting to Darren is Jenny Wood (Finance Manager), Tracey Parkinson (Finance Assistant) and Matthew Ellison (Finance Assistant).
Darren's professional football career ended when he was just 21 years old after contracting a life-threatening illness which finished his football career. After consulting the PFA's education department he completed a BTEC in Business and Finance, Foundation Course in Accounting and Finance, BA (Honours) in Accounting and Finance and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
During his academic studies Darren was Awarded the Special Prize of Achievement in BTEC Business and Finance, an Award Sponsored by Arthur Andersen for the Highest Aggregate Mark in the Foundation Course in Accounting and Finance, an Award Sponsored by KPMG for the Highest Mark in Accounting Theory and Practice whilst completing his BA (Honours) in Accounting and Finance and an Award Sponsored by Ernst and Young for the Highest Mark in the North of England for Taxation during his Chartered Accountancy Qualification.
Darren qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Beever and Struthers Chartered Accountants. Following qualification Darren worked in a number of departments at Beever and Struthers including Corporate Finance, Owner Managed Businesses, Taxation, Management Services and Internal Audit where he obtained rounded valuable financial experience.
Darren joined the PFA in 2002 where he is responsible for the strategic financial management of the PFA. His specific financial expertise has meant that he represents the PFA in a number of formal capacities. Darren is a Trustee of the PFA Charity and was a Trustee of the PFA Centenary Fund, Director and Secretary of PFA Enterprises Ltd, Secretary of PFA Nominees Limited, Part of the Business Continuity Team, Director of League Football Education, FIFPro Financial Committee Member, FIFPro Real Estate Committee and the PFA representative on Kick It Out Finance Committee. Darren also advises the Professional Players' Federation on financial matters.
Darren experienced first-hand the benefits of being a member of the PFA when he consulted the Union for assistance when his football career ended prematurely. The former England youth international says: “The PFA helped me with medical operations, legal advice and educational support which enabled me to put my life back in the right direction. I can’t recommend highly enough the assistance that the PFA offers its members, both those who are experiencing difficult times and those that are planning ahead for life after football.”