Appointment of Board members to the new independent Strategy Board on minimising risks from gambling
Date: 19 February
A new independent Strategy Board will advise the Gambling
Commission and, in turn, the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport on research, education and treatment programmes needed to
support a national responsible gambling strategy and associated
Following the announcement of Baroness Neuberger as the Chair of
the Strategy Board, a further nine Board members have now been
appointed, with one post still vacant. Their expertise covers a
range of interests including knowledge of the gambling industry,
socially responsible gambling services, preventative education,
public health, addiction and counselling services, epidemiological
research and social research programme management.
The Board members are Neil Goulden, Paul Bellringer, Dr
Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Dr Sian Griffiths, David Guy, Richard Ives,
Alan Jamieson, David Miers and Dr Gerda Reith. Short biographies
are provided below.
In addition Professor Peter Collins, from the Centre for the
Study of Gambling, University of Salford, has been invited by
Baroness Neuberger to provide advice, briefing and think pieces for
the Board in the first year in relation to:
- the Board’s induction and start up
- scoping the Board’s work programme
- specific areas which the Board wishes to explore.
Baroness Neuberger commented “I am very pleased to be able to
bring together so many talented and experienced individuals. Their
collective expertise is extraordinary and, while our remit is
challenging, I am confident that, together, we will deliver a
robust British strategic framework for research, education and
|Neil Goulden is the Chairman of The Gala Coral Group having
started his career as a betting office manager in 1975. He is also
Chairman of the South Central (Oxfordshire - Buckinghamshire -
Hampshire - Berkshire) Ambulance Service, a Non Executive Director
of Marstons Plc, Chairman of Business in Sport and Leisure and a
Member of the Low Pay Commission.
|Paul Bellringer has 27 years’ experience of working with
responsible gambling issues and has been an adviser to governments,
regulators and the gambling industry and a principal architect of
the social responsibility codes of practice on gambling. He
was the founder and first CEO of GamCare.
|Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones
|Henrietta Bowden-Jones is an elected member of the
Addictions Faculty Executive Committee of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists. She is also the spokesperson on Problem
Gambling for the College. She is the founder and Lead Clinician of
the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the first NHS clinic of
its kind in the UK, and is employed by Central and North West
London NHS Foundation Trust as an Addictions Psychiatrist. She is
Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London where she
researched the effects of orbito-frontal cortex impairment on
treatment retention in alcohol dependency. She is a Trustee of
Sporting Chance Clinic, a charity for sports people addicted to
drugs, alcohol and gambling.
|Dr Sian Griffiths
Professor of Public Health
|Sian Griffiths has been Professor of Public Health and Director
of the School of Public Health in Hong Kong since 2005. Qualified
as a doctor, she has held a variety of service posts with academic
links at international, national, regional and local level whilst
based in the UK. She was Chair of the Association for Public Health
and President of the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal
Colleges of Physicians from 2001-4. She is a member of the UK 2008
RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) panel for epidemiology and
public health and is also a member of the National Health Authority
Board of Qatar. She remains honorary senior clinical lecturer
in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care of Oxford
University and is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University.
Head of Knowledge
|David Guy is Head of Knowledge Transfer at the Economic and
Social Research Council. He has been a member of the Responsibility
in Gambling Trust (RIGT) since it adopted that title and chairs the
RIGT Research Panel which has representatives of all gambling
Managing Director, Educari
|Richard Ives has extensive experience of prevention and
education work with children and young people, especially in
relation to illegal drugs and alcohol. He runs the company,
educari, which has produced educational resources, for
example, drug and substance abuse. Richard has carried out an
evaluation of the Gamble Aware website.
|Alan Jamieson is an adviser to the European Commission, World
Health Organisation and national governments on the role therapy
can play in healthcare and public education. He is a member of the
British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and until
recently was their Deputy Chief Executive.
Professor of Law
|David Miers is Professor of Law at Cardiff Law School. He has a
long-standing research interest in and has published extensively
about the regulation of commercial gambling. He is regularly
consulted by government and the regulatory bodies and in 2003/04
was a Special Adviser to the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling
|Dr. Gerda Reith
|Dr. Gerda Reith is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Gambling
Research Group at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses
on the role of social, cultural and environmental factors in the
development of different types of gambling behaviour, and on the
implications of these for public health and policy.
|Professor Peter Collins
Director, Salford Business School
|Peter Collins is Professor of Public Policy Studies and
Director of the Centre for the Study of Gambling at the University
of Salford. He is also the founder and Director of the South
African National Responsible Gambling Programme. He was an expert
adviser to the Joint Scrutiny Committee for the 2005 Gambling Act
and has consulted widely for governments in other jurisdictions. He
is a trustee of GamCare.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) keeps gambling fair
and safe for all. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating
all gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and
spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National
Lottery Commission and the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
The Strategy Board
3. To date the gambling industry has funded research, education
and treatment for problem gambling on a voluntary basis and mainly
through contributions to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust
(RIGT). The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) asked
the Commission to carry out a review of the effectiveness and level
of the existing voluntary arrangements. The report, published in
October 2008, concluded that the current arrangements are not
working effectively and it made the case for improved voluntary
arrangements to ensure that industry funding is firmly committed,
sufficient and sustainable.
The Commission's strongly preferred option in the report is for
a tripartite structure involving stakeholders working together to
put in place voluntary arrangements for fundraising. This structure
includes the strategy board, a fundraising body (for which the
industry would be responsible) and a new distributor.
New arrangements need to be in place for April 2009 in order to
avoid further uncertainty and delay.
In terms of fundraising, to date the Commission has not been
able to obtain satisfactory funding commitments from the industry
for the next three years and therefore DCMS has commenced a
consultation on the introduction of a statutory levy.
Further details of the report are available here.
Further information is available from the Commission’s
John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.