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Board minutes 21 January 2022

Venue: Remote meeting

Time: 09:30 - 13:30


  • Louise Baxter (LB)
  • Shane Carmichael (SC)
  • Cath Cooney (CC)
  • Anna van der Gaag (AVDG) (Chair)
  • Hermine Graham (HE)
  • Jane West (JW)
  • Philip Newall (PN)
  • Ulla Romild (UR).

1. Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest

AVDG welcomed Board Members to the meeting.

There were no new declarations of interest.

2. Minutes and matters arising from November 2021

The minutes were reviewed and agreed.

3. Updates from board members and horizon scanning

AVDG gave an update, noting that the Advisory Groups had been invited by the Commission Chair to submit some thoughts on the direction of travel for the Commission. This is as part of a series of policy sprints that the Commission has been working on. There was a workshop and a Board meeting this week and AVDG has shared her views. Overall, the focus is on the Commission’s regulatory remit and impact and outcome measurement. AVDG noted that on the latter point ABSG have already given a lot of feedback.

4. Discussion with Ian Massie

ABSG met with Ian Massie, who has worked in the gambling industry and now makes a living through betting. Ian shared his views on past and current industry practices.

5. Discussion on the progress report

ABSG reviewed the draft progress report in detail, with a focus on headline messages and whether there were any additional items to be added to the draft.

ABSG agreed the next steps and timeline for the completion of the report.

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