The Board

Members and associates of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.

Sir Christopher Kelly KCB, Chair


Sir Christopher Kelly is Chair of the Kings Fund and of the TPO Foundation. He is also the Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Co-op Group. He was previously chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the NSPCC and the Financial Ombudsman Service. Between 1970 and 2001, he was a civil servant, working in HM Treasury, the Department of Social Security and latterly the Department of Health, where he was permanent secretary.


Dr Kate Anthony, FBACP, Online Therapy Institute

Dr Kate Anthony is a leading UK expert on the use of technology in mental health services. She is a Fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the co-CEO of the Online Therapy Institute, a think-tank and training organisation for mental health/coaching professionals using technology to deliver services. She is co-editor and co-author of four textbooks on the topic and holds the first doctorate based on developing counselling and psychotherapy in the age of technology and the Internet. She is co-founder and co-managing editor of Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology (TILT Magazine), a quarterly publication for professionals with an interest in innovative thinking in providing life-changing interventions.


Christopher Bell, Quintain Estates & Development

Chris Bell is a Senior Independent Director of Quintain Estates and Development. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Ladbrokes Plc from 2003 to 2010. Chris was appointed to the Board of Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton plc) in June 2000. He joined Ladbrokes in 1991 and became Managing Director in 1995. He has held a number of senior positions with Allied Domecq. He is also Vice Chairman of the Association of British Bookmakers, Chairman of the Bookmakers Committee and a member of the Horseracing Betting Levy Board.


Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist

Henrietta Bowden-Jones is an elected member of the Addictions Faculty Executive Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is also the spokesperson on Problem Gambling for the College. She is the founder and Lead Clinician of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the first NHS clinic of its kind in the UK, and is employed by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as an Addictions Psychiatrist. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London where she researched the effects of orbito-frontal cortex impairment on treatment retention in alcohol dependency. She is a Trustee of Sporting Chance Clinic, a charity for sports people addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling.


Russell Hoyle, RB Hoyle Limited

Russell Hoyle runs an independent business consultancy advising small and medium sized companies on their strategic development opportunities. He is a Director of Business in Sport and Leisure, a membership organisation that is a strategic body representing the Sport, Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism sectors. In addition, he is a Special Partner with Vitruvian Partners LLP, a mid-market private equity firm and has interests in Social Housing. Until mid-2010, he was Chairman of Inspired Gaming Group plc, an AIM listed technology provider to the land-based gaming market.


Richard Ives, Managing Director, educari

Richard Ives has extensive experience of prevention and education work with children and young people, especially in relation to illegal drugs and alcohol. He runs the company, educari, which has produced educational resources on, for example, drug and substance abuse. Richard has carried out an evaluation of the Gamble Aware website. 


David Miers, Professor of Law

David Miers was, until his retirement in 2010, Professor of Law at Cardiff Law School. He has a long-standing research interest in and has published extensively about the regulation of commercial gambling. He has been regularly consulted by government and the regulatory bodies and in 2003/04 was a Special Adviser to the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill. He was appointed to the Board in February 2009 and is its Deputy Chair. Until its transfer he was also a Trustee of the Responsible Gambling Fund.


Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science

Gerda Reith is Director of Research for the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on the role of social, cultural and environmental factors in the development of different types of gambling behaviour, and on the implications of these for public health and policy.


Dr Simon Tanner, Public Health Specialist

Dr Simon Tanner has held a number of Consultant and Director of Public Health posts in the South of England. In 2007, he was appointed to the role of Regional Director of Public Health for London and Health Advisor to the Mayor, where he took responsibility for health inequalities strategy and the health service response to the London Olympics. He retired from this post in March 2013.