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Board minutes 24 to 25 May 2023

Venue: Victoria Square House, Birmingham


  • Wednesday 24 May, 13:00 – 16:30
  • Thursday 25 May, 08:45 – 12:00.


  • Cath Cooney (CC)
  • Anna van der Gaag (AVDG) (Chair)
  • Philip Newall (PN)
  • Ulla Romild (UR)
  • Stephen Sharman (SS)
  • Jane West (JW)
  • David Zendle (DZ).

In attendance:

  • (REDACTED) (notes)
  • (REDACTED) (item 3 only)
  • Tim Miller (TM) (item 3 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 6 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 6 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 6 only)
  • Lucy Denton (LD) (item 7 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 7 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 7 only).

1. Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest

AVDG welcomed Board Members to the meeting.

There were no new declarations of interest, however the website is due to be updated with revised declarations of interest.

2. Minutes and matters arising from 2 May 2023

The minutes of the 2 May 2023 meeting were shared and agreed.

3. Gambling Act Review – Implementation plan and online protections

TM spoke about the publication of the white paper and his initial reflections. TM and (REDACTED) provided ABSG with an overview of the implementation plans, priority areas and consultations planned. They outlined that there are a number of ways that ABSG can get involved as the work progresses.

ABSG acknowledged the volume of work in delivering upon the white paper and an exploratory conversation took place on the priority work identified and how ABSG can provide advice to the Gambling Commission as delivery of the white paper progresses.

4. Research and statistics update

AVDG welcomed the Head of Research, Head of Statistics and Research and Impact Manager to the meeting.

ABSG received an update on the Evidence gaps and priorities programme (2023 to 2026) published in May 2023 and how this links to work around the Gambling Act Review (GAR).

Members shared their reflections and areas were identified where ABSG could support on key areas whilst the work progresses. Including how evaluation of post white paper actions is conducted.

ABSG also received an update on the latest developments in the Gambling Survey for Great Britain (the new adult participation and prevalence survey). The survey is currently in Stage 2 – the Experimental phase, which involves testing and refining the methodology.

Members were asked to give their input to analysis of the data insight gained from the Experimental phases of the project. Alongside, how this may impact next steps, in preparation for results from Step 3 of the experimental stage (the final test of the agreed approach).

5. Consumer campaign

ABSG welcomed the Executive Director for Communications, Digital Communications Manager and Corporate Communications Officer.

ABSG were given an overview of initial research that has been undertaken to develop ideas for a Consumer-facing awareness Campaign.

Members were asked to provide their input at this early stage of development, to advise on the potential direction of the campaign, potential audience(s) and potential theme(s) from their perspectives. With the intention of helping the Commission to shape an effective Consumer Campaign, with indicators for measuring success.

Members shared their reflections and identified key points from the meeting.

6. Any Other Business

None notified.

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