The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), a UK-based charity that funds and commissions research into gambling-related harm, has appointed a new chair from outside the betting industry to head up its board of trustees for the first time.
Kate Lampard CBE, the former non-executive vice chair of the South of England Strategic Health Authority, will take over the role from Neil Goulden, who announced his retirement earlier this year. With the new appointment, the organisation will also have a majority of trustees outside of the gambling sector.
“I am very pleased to accept this appointment to help prevent and protect vulnerable people from gambling- related harm,” said Lampard. “The Responsible Gambling Trust plays a vitally important role in enhancing our understanding of harm arising from gambling and the best ways to tackle it. I look forward to working with our research, treatment and gambling industry stakeholders to address the evolving challenge of minimising gambling related harm.”
I am delighted to be succeeded by an extremely impressive, high calibre individual with a proven track record in dealing with contentious matters impartially and authoritatively
Goulden, the former RGT chair who served on the board of several gaming companies including Gala Coral, came under fire from the media late last year for his close ties to the betting industry. But Marc Etches, RGT’s chief executive, said Goulden’s industry experience and contacts had been a crucial asset in the charity’s campaigning work.
“Neil has been an outstanding chairman, who used his widely respected position within the industry to establish a universal commitment by operators to funding voluntarily research, education and treatment which addresses gambling related harm,” Etches said. “He is absolutely committed to minimising gambling-related harm and without his ability to gain sufficient confidence and engagement from the industry, the regulator and government, RGT would not be as well placed as it is today to meet its charitable objectives.”
On Lampard’s appointment, Goulden said: “I am delighted to be succeeded by an extremely impressive, high calibre individual with a proven track record in dealing with contentious matters impartially and authoritatively.
“I am confident the industry will wish to support her and the RGT, continuing to contribute what is now over £7m (€9.11m) a year for research, education and treatment to reduce gambling- related harm.”