Clive Hawkswood to step down as Remote Gambling Association chief

Clive Hawkswood is to step down from his role as chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), the RGA has announced.

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Hawkswood has been at the RGA for 14 years. © Pexels.

Hawkswood made his intentions clear at a recent board meeting and the news has since been confirmed by the RGA.

Hawkswood has been at the RGA for an impressive 14 years and is set to leave the organisation at some point in 2019. He will help the organisation to find a successor to the role before he departs. It is not clear whether the search will be external or internal, but an industry background is thought to be strongly preferred.

Hawkswood has headed up the RGA since 2005 and has spearheaded a number of initiatives. He is acknowledged as being a driving force behind many safer gambling initiatives, along with generally increasing membership and expanding the representation of the RGA.

One of the RGA’s most recent initiatives is a national self-exclusion register for the UK, GAMSTOP. The scheme will allow gamblers to simultaneously exclude themselves from all partaking operators via a single online registration at the GAMSTOP website.

Currently, numerous operators are taking part in the scheme. However, it will soon be mandatory for all operators with a UK licence to take part in the scheme, with the UK Gambling Commission ensuring compliance.

The scheme has met with some delays, but it is currently operational. Recently, Jenny Watson (CBE) was appointed as the first chair of GAMSTOP, and will help to appoint additional board members and oversee development.

The RGA is based in London and Brussels and is the leading voice for the gambling industry in Europe.

The group enables the industry to communicate with a single voice to regulators, policy-makers, legislators, and decision-makers in Europe and the world, promoting and protecting the industry. Its aims include supporting members in litigation, representing their interests to stakeholders and policy-makers, ensuring integrity within the industry, and encouraging social responsibility through charities and other initiatives.

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