In the UK, the Gambling Commission has appointed Baroness Julia Neuberger as the Chair of its new independent Strategy Board tasked with minimising the risks associated with gaming.
The Strategy Board advises both the Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on what research, education and treatment programmes may be needed in order to support a national responsible gambling scheme.
The Gambling Commission stated that Baroness Neuberger has extensive experience in public health and the effective provision of treatment for addictions. She served as the Chair of Camden and Islington Community Health Services Trust from 1993 to 1997 and Chief Executive of the King's Fund from 1997 to 2004. The 58-year-old Liberal Democrat is a rabbi and committed social reformer that received her title in 2004. In June of 2007, she was appointed as the Prime Minister's champion for volunteering after being recognised for her numerous voluntary and philanthropic roles.
'Baroness Neuberger's wealth of experience in the public health field and her expert understanding of medical research and addiction will be invaluable to the new independent Strategy Board,” said Brian Pomeroy, Chairman for the Gambling Commission.
'I have a longstanding interest in research methodologies and outcomes across the sciences and social sciences and have had a considerable interest in addiction in the past from alcohol to illegal drugs and from cigarettes to gambling,” said Baroness Neuberger.
“I look forward to this challenging role and hope to be able to help to bring some coherence to national research, education and treatment programmes related to gambling.'
The Gambling Commission stated that the Strategy Board would develop and determine a national programme to minimise the risks from problem gambling for England, Scotland and Wales including advising on the amount of funding required on a three-year rolling basis.