UK responsible gambling news. You don’t have to be remotely interested in gambling-related news to know that the last 5 years have seen many changes in the industry. And even if you ask the early days hardest critics, they most definitely have changed their opinion as well. Yes, when, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) deployed their plans and forward-looking road map, objections echoed throughout. Yet, after the settled dust reached the ground, things started to turn into a benefit to all. Well, at least as long as you were and are a serious and reputable online casino operator. Where we now, what we like to call, stage-3, is about to ignite and broaden its presence. And we are, of course, thinking of the seemingly newfound wealth and support in employing staff to fill or expand on non-existing projects that link to responsible and sustainable gambling.
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Besides the official and government-run, UKGC. The UK has many independent and well-funded institutions that safeguarding the sustainability of gambling in the UK. Where many online casino operators have pledged large sums of money to continue their growth. And one that never sleeps and pushes the agenda to the greatest is GambleAware (GA). As such, it’s delightful to get the news of new and more qualified staff finding GA as their new employer. And, for all you readers that usually skim through this type of news. The recruitment phase is part of a 5-year strategy. Where the baseline focuses on. “A commitment to applying a public health approach to addressing gambling harms”.
Now for the more exciting part, drum roll please, dramatic pause in effect. Joining GA are two undoubtedly qualified, Anna Hargrave and Alexia Clifford.
Here new responsibility will include sitting in the Chief Commissioning Officer chair. From where she will oversee the deployment, or perhaps a bit more accurate. The expansion of the critical national gambling treatment services. And years before Mrs. Hargrave accepted the position. She spent 13 years at the NHS. And this as the Chief Strategy and Transformations officer (South Warwickshire). In other words, a hand in glove fit to her new role, indeed.
As for the Chief Communications Officer. The GA and its partners have to answer too. And get the answer from the public health specialist Alexia Clifford. And this is precisely where she, until recently, spent time as. Public Health England as the Marketing Director. And according to shared information. Mrs. Clifford was instrumental in leading the way for the Nation in many ways. For instance to get better habits when it comes to smoking, eating, and physical activity. Plus, spearheading nationwide campaigns to promote mental health awareness. And if 1+1 is still 2, she will not even struggle to find her foothold in the charity.
Nothing would work properly if only C-level occupied the positions in any business. As such, also, and equally crucial new position and staff are the following. Project management; prevention and evaluation lead and fundraising and engagement manager. And, of course, research, information and knowledge director; head of Programme. Wher we naturally need to hear what the CEO Zoë Osmond had to say about the new staffing. “We are very pleased to welcome our new senior leaders. Each of them brings with them invaluable skills. And knowledge in areas integral to the successful delivery of our new five-year strategy”.
We see it daily; the responsible gambling or gambling self-harm overall support has never been as strong as it is now. And it is thanks to enthusiasts for public health like newly hired Alexia Clifford and Anna Hargrave that makes it all possible. Although, we can’t also forget the overall change in direction the industry has taken as a whole. And together with similar groups. One of the UK’s favourite pastimes, online gambling, can co-exist in the same discussion as the bit unpleasant but yet all-important, gambling in a safe way.
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