GambleAware makes two new additions to board of trustees

Problem-gambling charity GambleAware has made two new additions to its board of trustees as it follows through on its promise to create a board independent of industry figures.

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GambleAware has added an academic and an NHS executive to its board of trustees. © Pexels.

The new trustees are Paul Simpson, CFO and CEO of Surrey & Sussex Healthcare Trust, and Marcantonio Spada, professor of addictive behaviours and mental health at London South Bank University.

The two will replace Alan Jamieson and Brigid Simmonds, who have both retired after completing their terms.

The move completes GambleAware’s aim of having a board composed of figures from outside of the gambling industry.

GambleAware hopes that Simpson will apply his experience from a number of finance roles within NHS Trusts towards healthcare and financial management. Spada has been selected to help contribute towards research around addictive behaviours.

Speaking about the new appointments, Kate Lampard, chair of trustees at GambleAware, said:

We are delighted that Marcantonio and Paul have agreed to become trustees of GambleAware. Between them, they bring strong experience in addiction, public health, finance and risk management. Also, I should like to record our thanks to both Alan and Brigid for their hard work as trustees. GambleAware’s Board is now wholly independent of the gambling industry, and we believe this is necessary to secure public trust and confidence given our central role in commissioning research, education and treatment services.Kate Lampard, GambleAware chair of trustees

Last month, GambleAware announced a new partnership with Citizens Advice, which will train Citizens Advice staff across the country to provide help and assistance to those with gambling problems.

The charity has also seen more donations from the industry, but hasn’t yet reached its £10m annual goal. That should change however, with donations from operators soon to become mandatory and enforced by the UK Gambling Commission.

Citizens Advice has long been calling for more financial support from operators. Back in January, the group called for a mandatory levy on gambling companies to be put towards tackling gambling-related harm.

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