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Conflict of interest policy

1. Background

1.1 The credibility and impact of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (the Board) depends on the independence and objectivity of its advice to the Gambling Commission and on the confidence of others in its integrity. It is important therefore that in their Board activities members abide by agreed principles, reflecting the Nolan Principles of Public Life (opens in new tab).

1.2 One element of this is the handling and transparency of any potential conflicts of interest. Members of the Board have a range of professional and personal connections. These connections can bring benefit to the work of the Board. On occasion, however, they can give rise to actual or perceived conflicts of interest. The existence of a conflict of interest does not reflect on the integrity of the affected member, provided it is fully acknowledged, declared and if required, acted upon.

1.3 Board members should declare relevant interests at the start of each Board meeting. The Chair will decide whether any members should be excluded from parts of the discussion based on the interests they declare, or whether any further actions are required to manage a potential conflict of interest.

1.4 Board members are responsible individually for:

  • Ensuring that they are familiar with this policy on handling conflicts of interest and that they comply with these rules.
  • Ensuring that any potential conflict of interest is identified and appropriately addressed at an early stage.
  • Declaring conflicts of interest; and
  • Completing and updating a register of interest statement, kept by the Head of Insight Expert Groups and publicly available on the Board’s website.
  • Informing the Head of Insight Expert Groups and updating this public register throughout the year as new conflicts arise

1.5 In any case of doubt about the appropriate action in relation to a potential conflict of interest the Chair of the Board and the Head of Insight Expert Groups should be consulted at the earliest possible stage.

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