GambleAware has appointed four new independent trustees to its board of advisors, it announced yesterday. The announcement follows a long search for viable board members, which has been ongoing for over 4 months and involved an independent recruitment advisor to help make the final decision.
The final choices include a selection of professors and higher-ups within fields as various as health, medicine, social research, various charities and even leaders within the gambling industry itself. Most notably, the gambling awareness charity has appointed Jim Mullen, CEO of Ladbrokes Coral Group plc as one of the 4 trustees selected in this latest recruitment drive. He will be taking a place with the other 13 constant trustees that are now on the board.
The trustees selected for the new board positions are made up of:
GambleAware purposefully selected a diverse range of trustees in order to handle the many areas that the deals with, which ranges from education, research and regulatory reform. One of the trustees, Professor Anthony Kessel expanded on how his background will go towards helping the charity's overarching goals: “As a public health professional, I understand how inter-linked mental health and problem gambling can be, and know what a significant impact gambling-related harm can have on families and individuals.”
“I am excited to take on the challenge to do all we can to help get problem gambling more widely recognised as a public health matter, and to help tackle all the adverse health and social issues that problem gambling can cause.”
Jim Mullen, an industry leader within the gambling industry has been working with the group since October 2013 as their Managing Director of Digital Business, so he has a lot of experience already with working alongside GambleAware. GambleAware commented that “Jim’s extensive experience in the gaming and betting industry, particularly online gaming, brings valuable insight to lead the Group and implement the strategy to grow our recreational customer base and build scale.”
The Chair of GambleAware, Kate Lampard, added her person congratulations to the official announcement, stating: “I am pleased to welcome our new independent trustees, who between them bring skills and knowledge in areas that are important to the delivery of our charitable objectives.”
While she was in high spirits about the new trustees, she made it clear that their selection is just the beginning of a much larger challenge.
“Whilst we hold the view that it is right that the gambling industry stands first-in-line to contribute to research, education and harm-minimisation, we think that national and local government authorities and agencies too have a role to play in providing treatment and intervention services for those that need help, particularly where problem gambling is only one part of their need for support, or it has become so severe as to require qualified clinical treatment.”