GambleAware board becomes entirely independent of industry

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GambleAware has announced the appointment of Paul Simpson and Marcantonio Spada to its board of trustees, as part of the charity’s attempt “to secure public trust and confidence.”

Simpson, CFO of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, will join Spada, head of the Division of Psychology at London South Bank University, in exploring “factors that influence various addictive behaviours”.

“We are delighted that Marcantonio and Paul have agreed to become trustees of GambleAware,” said chair of trustees Kate Lampard. “Between them, they bring strong experience in addiction, public health, finance and risk management.
“GambleAware’s Board is now wholly independent of the gambling industry.”

Though GambleAware argued that progress “can and ought to be achieved without the need for anyone employed by a gambling company to have a seat on the board,” the decision could create a disparity between well-intentioned theory and practical industry implementation.

The charity also announced it will continue to campaign for “a statutory levy on the gambling industry” despite voluntary donations from UK operators for Q218 hitting £2.8m, almost three times that of the prior-year-period.

The announcement follow the resignation of board of trustees members Alan Jamieson and Brigid Simmonds, appointed in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

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