In the UK, the Gambling Commission has announced the appointment of the nine members constituting the inaguaral independent Strategy Board to advise the regulator on national strategies.
The new Strategy Board will advise the Commission along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on research, education and treatment programmes to support a national responsible gambling strategy and the associated funding requirements.
The Commission announced in early-December that social reformer Baroness Julia Neuberger would Chair the new body. She will now be joined by Neil Goulden from Gala Coral alongside Paul Bellringer, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Dr Sian Griffiths, David Guy, Richard Ives, Alan Jamieson, David Miers and Dr Gerda Reith with one post still to be filled.
The Commission stated that the expertise of the new members covers a range of interests including knowledge of the gambling industry, socially responsible gambling services, preventative education, public health, addiction and counselling services along with epidemiological research and social research programme management.
“I am very pleased to be able to bring together so many talented and experienced individuals,” said Baroness Neuberger.
“Their collective expertise is extraordinary and, while our remit is challenging, I am confident that, together, we will deliver a robust British strategic framework for research, education and treatment.”
In addition, Baroness Neuberger has invited Professor Peter Collins from the Centre for the Study of Gambling at the University of Salford to provide advice, briefing and think pieces for the Strategy Board over its first year in relation to its induction and start up along with specific areas that the body may wish to explore.