GambleAware appoints new trustees

13 March 2017

GambleAware, the charity previously known as the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), has expanded its board with the addition of four new trustees.

Professor Siân M Griffiths, Professor Anthony Kessel and Chris Pond have joined as independent trustees, while Jim Mullen, chief executive of Ladbrokes Coral Group, has also taken on a trustee role with the charity.

Griffiths previously served as president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, while Kessel is a former director of Global Public Health and the responsible officer for Public Health England.

In addition, Pond is chair of the Money Charity and the Equity Release Council Standards Board and the Lending Standards Board, as well as vice-chair of the Financial Inclusion Commission.

Kate Lampard, chair of GambleAware, said: “I am pleased to welcome our new independent trustees, who between them bring skills and knowledge in areas that are important to the delivery of our charitable objectives.

“Whilst we hold the view that it is right that the gambling industry stands first-in-line to contribute to research, education and harm-minimisation, we think that national and local government authorities and agencies too have a role to play in providing treatment and intervention services for those that need help, particularly where problem gambling is only one part of their need for support, or it has become so severe as to require qualified clinical treatment.”

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