Player Relations

Players across all professional sports are one of their major assets and in recognising such, the WPBSA has created a platform for its professional snooker players to have a collective voice and dedicated support.

Player Relations Manager

In 2019, the WPBSA appointed Neil Tomkins as its first dedicated Player Relations Manager, who provides a first point of contact across a wide variety of issues both on and off the table which affect the lives of its members.

Neil is a former professional player and combined with a post-playing career in sports management is ideally suited for the new role of Player Relations Manager. A strategic thinker and someone who combines an ability to listen to others with forming strong opinions based on facts to find effective solutions are attributes which help him handle the broad range of player related issues. The PRM role also incorporates managing the WPBSA Players’ Commission.

WPBSA Players’ Commission

The aim of the Players’ Commission is to create an environment that creates positive debate on subjects which affect all professional snooker players. The outcome is generally creating discussion that explores new ideas and new prospects from a player’s viewpoint which take account equally both the commercial impact and requirements of key stakeholders within the game.

From there, it is a collective effort with everyone being on the same side: the players, the WPBSA Board, as well as WST and its partners working together towards the same mission to make snooker better.

The members of the Players’ Commission are accessible to all players currently competing on the WST to express opinions and concerns across all issues to help improve life on tour for players irrespective of age, nationality, and ranking status.

The Commission currently comprises Ken Doherty, Mark Davis, Mark Allen, Joe Perry, Peter Lines, Mike Dunn and Barry Pinches. providing a broad representation of the WST Rankings.