7 November 2019
Soho Hotel, London

A Clear Concise Media event.

A half-day series of high-level keynotes and panels discussing the key issues and challenges surrounding the perception of the gambling industry and corporate positioning.

Thursday 7 November 2019, 1pm-6pm - Soho Hotel, London, W1

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13:30-14:00: Registration, coffee and refreshments

14:00-14:05: Welcome and opening remarks: Scott Longley, conference chair

14.05-14.30: Opening keynote: Kenny Alexander, chief executive, GVC

14:30-15:15: Panel: Politics, lobbying and reputational harm
The industry’s lobbying efforts have been broadly criticised. But as the failure over FOBTs
threatens to extend into other areas of gambling policy, the industry needs to both improve
its efforts at persuasion with the politicians and restore its reputation with the public.

  • Simon Bernholt, partner, Wiggin
  • Dr James Noyes, policy adviser to Tom Watson, MP
  • Gavin Kelleher, analyst, Goodbody
  • Sir Charles Napier, founder, Atlas Partners
  • David Williams, director of public affairs, Rank Group
  • Moderator: Joe Samaurez Smith, chairman, Bede Gaming

15:15-15:35 Coffee break

15:35-16:00 Keynote – Wes Himes, representing the Betting and Gaming Council

16:00-16:45 Panel: Cigarettes or alcohol: the gambling industry’s future in the balance
The industry has a strong message to convey around freedom of choice (within a safe
environment). But right now it is struggling against a seemingly relentless tide of negative
news and public perception. The FOBT debate illustrated the dangers of failing to agree an
industry-wide strategy. Yet, how can the industry hope for its message to be heard when it
appears incapable of speaking with one voice?

  • Sarah Hanratty, chief executive, Senet Group
  • Joshua Van Raalte, Brazil Agency
  • Lyndsay Wright, director of strategy and sustainability, William Hill
  • Ross Hawley, board member, Investor Relations Society
  • Andrew Taylor, regulatory policy executive, Advertising Standards Authority
  • Moderator: Andrew Gellatly, head of global research services,GamblingCompliance.com

16:45-17:30 Panel: Health scares: the politics of responsible gambling and the evolving debate on gambling harm
Responsible gambling is a concept to which everyone pays lip service but few fully
understand either within or outside the industry. Indeed, with definitions so fluid it poses
problems not just for regulators but also for operators hoping to answer the critics.

  • Ian Ince, global head of regulatory affairs and compliance, Playtech
  • Adam Rivers, economist, KPMG
  • Sarah Ramanauskas, senior partner, Gambling Integrity
  • Moderator: Dan Waugh, partner, Regulus Partners

17:30-19:00 Drinks reception