The Board

Members and associates of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.

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.


Professor David Forrest, Professor of Economics, University of Liverpool

David Forrest is an applied economist and econometrician based in the University of Liverpool Management School and also Honorary Professor in Macau Polytechnic Institute. His research agenda covers two fields, sports economics and the economics of gambling. He has published a substantial body of research in each of these areas and sits on the Editorial Boards of both the Journal of Sports Economics and International Gambling Studies. In recent years, he has written about, and advised governments, law enforcement and sports federations about, issues related to match fixing.


Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Honorary Chair, University of Liverpool

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool.  After training in Cambridge, London and the USA, he moved to Liverpool as a consultant physician and gastroenterologist with particular interest in liver disease in 1980.  He is a past-president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Society of Gastroenterology, and is chairman of Liverpool Health Partners, created to promote an Academic Health Science System in the city. He chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, is President of Alcohol Concern and is a member of the Climate and Health Council. He is a deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside.


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, Education Consultant

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. 


Rachel Lampard

Rachel Lampard, who has been a Commissioner since 2006, has now been appointed to the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, our advisory body.  She retired from her post on the Gambling Commission Board in July this year after nine years in office.

Rachel provided a unique combination of an understanding of both the policy and regulatory approach adopted by the Commission as well as the history and evolution of the arrangements for providing research, education and treatment for gambling. Rachel led the original review of the effectiveness and level of existing voluntary arrangements for research, education and treatment requested by the Department for Culture Media and Sport in 2007. More recently, she headed up the Commission’s review of social responsibility measures within Licence conditions and codes of practice.

Professor 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.

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.

Dr Heather Wardle,
Social Researcher

Dr Heather Wardle is an experienced social researcher who has specialised in the design and delivery of some of Britain’s most complex social surveys. With over ten years experience in health and wellbeing research, she is a substantive expert in gambling studies and completed her PhD in sociology focusing female gambling behaviour. She is particularly interested in methodology, for example how big data can be used for policy purposes. She has a keen interest in spatial analysis and has worked with leading geographers to explore the spatial relationship between gambling venues and local areas. She is currently collaborating with Geofutures, leading their Gambling & Place Research Hub exploring local area vulnerability to gambling-related harm. Heather was previously the lead for gambling research at the National Centre for Social Research and was Project Director of the British Gambling Prevalence Survey.