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2. Definition

2.1 A conflict of interest is any situation in which a member of the Board's personal interests or loyalties could, or could be seen to, prevent them acting independently and objectively and on the basis of the evidence.

2.2 Conflicts of interest may arise:

  • Through a potential financial or non-pecuniary benefit from an activity relating to gambling, either directly or indirectly through a connected person.
  • When a Board Member's duty to the Board may compete with a duty or loyalty they owe to another organisation or person.
  • Membership of another body or committee that may give rise to actual or perceived conflicts of interest

2.3 Potential conflicts could arise if, for example, Board members:

  • Undertake work for an organisation within or related to the gambling sector.
  • Have other financial interests in the gambling sector.
  • Bid for research included in the Gambling Commission's Research Programme (which is advised on by ABSG)
  • Accept gifts or hospitality from organisations within the gambling sector.
  • Accept outside appointments which might be thought to be relevant to the gambling sector.
  • Accept financial payment for research or consultancy work directly or via voluntary contributions from the industry.
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