U.K. Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Appoints New Chair

Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Online-Casinos.com
U.K. Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Appoints New Chair

Responsible gambling has become one of the most important issues facing the betting industry around the world. The United Kingdom is one jurisdiction that takes the issue seriously and has been proactive in attempts to reduce harm created by excessive wagering.

The U.K. Gambling Commission identified the need for the creation of a Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, covering England, Scotland and Wales in order to develop a strategic framework and priorities for the distribution of funding for gambling research, education and treatment and to advise on the funding needed to deliver them. The Board advises the Gambling Commission and DCMS on a national responsible gambling strategy.

The appointment of the former Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, Dr. Anna van der Gaag CBE as the new chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, is seen as a good move by operators and the public who respect the initiatives of this body.  

Succeeding  Sir Christopher Kelly, who will end his role as RGSB chair in March of 2019, Dr. Anna van der Gaag is interested in the way regulators can be proactive in the prevention and reduction of harm caused by gambling.

The U.K. Gambling Commission Chair commented, “It is with pleasure that we announce Dr Anna van der Gaag as the new chair of RGSB. She brings with her a wealth of experience in health, social care and the prevention of harm that will be an asset in advising on how to implement the next national strategy, which will launch in April 2019 and on which we will shortly be consulting.”

Dr Anna van der Gaag, said, “Gambling-related harms are increasingly recognised as a public health issue requiring robust collective action. I am thrilled by this opportunity to join a team with such a passionate commitment to understanding and reducing harms and raising awareness of the personal and societal costs that can arise from gambling activities."


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