Former Gala Coral boss Dominic Harrison is to join the board of industry-funded problem gambling charity GamCare in November.
Harrison, current chairman of Microgaming’s Poker Network Management Board, said he had through his experience of running gambling businesses become aware of the devastating impact problem gambling could have on individuals and their families.
“I am keen to take up the opportunity which membership of GamCare’s Board will give me to help guide and support their important work.”
GamCare chair Anthony Jennens said he was “delighted” that Harrison had agreed to join the board of trustees, adding that he would be “a forceful ambassador for us across the industry”.
Founded 15 years ago, GamCare provides advice, practical help, support and treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling, including a telephone helpline that receives close to 100 calls a day.
Subsidiary GamCare Trade Services provides a certification scheme for UK-facing remote gambling operators, aimed at ensuring best policy and practice in player protection. The majority of the UK’s major online operators go through the vetting process every 12 months and display the “GamCare Certification” logo on their websites, including 32Red, 888, Foxy Bingo owner Cashcade, Gala Coral, Paddy Power, PokerStars, Mecca Bingo owner Rank, Sky, Sportingbet and Tombola.
GamCare receives the bulk of its funding from distribution body the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), which looks to raise at least £5m each year in voluntary donations from the gambling industry operating in Britain, to fund various research, education and treatment initiatives.
The RGT was formed in April 2012 from the merger of the The GREaT Foundation and Responsible Gambling Fund, assuming the respective fundraising and commissioning roles of its predecessor organisations.
Article written by Stephen Carter