The Professional Footballers’ Association Charity (PFA) has appointed two female directors, Monica Shafaq and Jackie Newcombe to its board of trustees for the first time.

Monica Shafaq, CEO of Midlands-based mental health and wellbeing charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, will sit on the board alongside the likes of Gordon Taylor, Brendon Batson and Garth Crooks. 

The PFA Charity, formed in 2013 helps support players both during their football career and beyond in areas such as coaching, education, wellbeing, equalities and community.

Speaking about her new position on the board, Monica Shafaq said, “It’s a great privilege to be one of the first women appointed to the board of the PFA charity, as well as the first female of colour.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the PFA Executive to continue to maximise the PFA Charity’s effectiveness at a time of considerable change”

Brendon Batson, PFA Charity  “ We are delighted to welcome Monica and Jackie Newcombe to the Board of trustees. Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we continue to support our players. We very much look forward to working with them.”

Monica Shafaq’s appointment coincides with International Women’s Day as well as her 11-year tenure at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

As well as leading a national mental health and wellbeing charity for over a decade, Monica Shafaq has also dedicated much of her career to promoting the role of women and Black and Minority Ethnic individuals in leadership roles. She has previously chaired the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisation’s national Black and Asian Leadership Special Interest Group.

Monica is also currently a Non-Executive Director at Birmingham County Football Association, The Paul Canoville Foundation and Kidderminster Harriers FC. She is also an active member of the Premier League’s Equality and Diversity Panel, an ambassador for Compton Care and not to mention, a devoted mum of three.