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Members of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling 

Anna Van Der Gaag2Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE, Visiting Professor of Ethics and Regulation at the University of Surrey

Dr Anna van der Gaag holds regulatory roles in the health, social care and legal sectors and has a particular interest in how regulators can be proactive in the prevention of harm. Formerly Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, she is a non-executive director at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network and a founding member of the Q Community, a quality improvement network led by the Health Foundation. Anna has a strong research background and contributes to research in regulation internationally as well as in the UK. She was awarded the CBE for services to health and care in 2015. 


louise baxterLouise Baxter MBE

Louise Baxter leads the National Trading Standards Scams Team, and has been an outstanding advocate of consumer rights since graduating with a law degree in 2001. She has held a number of roles with the Chartered Trading Standards Institutes (CTSI) Consumer Empowerment Alliance and is currently its Lead Officer for advice and education. In 2011, Louise got frustrated by the system to support scam victims and started the National Trading Standards Scams Team. In 2015 she was given a Hero’s Award from the Chartered Trading Standards in recognition of her significant contribution to consumer protection. In 2017 she was awarded an MBE for protecting vulnerable consumers from financial abuse. Louise has recently been appointed to the Home Office Joint Fraud Taskforce Management Board and the Phone Paid Services Consumer Panel.


Shane CarmichaelShane Carmichael, Consultant

Shane Carmichael is a consultant specialising in organisational and behavioural change. Having spent 12 years in Public Services transformation at consultancy firm Accenture, he then held Assistant Director roles over 8 years at the General Medical Council (GMC) where he was variously responsible for Strategy, Communication, External Affairs and Engagement. Shane played a leading role in transforming how the GMC regulated the UK’s medical profession, driving the organisation’s shift from a traditionally legal and reactive model of regulation to a more relational and harms prevention approach. He consults, writes and teaches on regulation, leadership and change management including at Warwick Business School, the University of South Wales and University College London where he is a Honorary Senior Teaching Fellow. He is an Alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School (Strategic Management of Regulatory Enforcement Agencies), the Ulster Business School (MBA) and the Washington Ireland Programme for Service and Leadership.


Cath cooneyCath Cooney, Director of Development and Improvement at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Cath Cooney leads the ALLIANCE Self Management Team in developing and supporting person centred change and leadership in health and social care systems, and strengthening the role of the third sector and the voice of lived experience.

She has extensive experience from senior programme and policy leadership positions across public health, inequalities sensitive practice, health and social care, and third sectors in Scotland; and of supporting the development of transformative innovation networks, digital health solutions, and child and family health research in Sweden. 

Cath has a particular interest in how a person centred, public health approach can be instrumental in the prevention of gambling harms.


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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.



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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.


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Dr Hermine Graham, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Dr Hermine Graham currently works in Private Clinical Practice and offers Therapy, Psychology Consultancy/Expertise and Training. She has over 25 years experience of working in the NHS as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in mental health and substance misuse treatment services. For 16 years she also held a joint academic and research appointment in the school of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. She sat on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy as an Associate Editor for 20 years, and has a substantial body of published research in academic peer reviewed journals, including two treatment manuals and a award winning edited book. Dr Graham's areas of expertise are; behaviour change, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, motivational interventions, staff training and the develoment and research evaluation of psychological treatments for mental health and addictive behaviours. She has served on expert advisory groups to develop national policy guidance for the treatment of ‘dual diagnosis’ (substance misuse in those who experience mental health problems) and has substantial national and international experience of staff training and consultancy.


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Rachel Lampard MBE, The Methodist Church

Rachel was previously a Commissioner on the Gambling Commission Board for nine years. She provides 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 problem gambling. Rachel led the original review of the effectiveness of existing voluntary arrangements for research, education and treatment requested by the Department of Culture Media and Sport in 2007. More recently, she headed up the Commission's review of social responsibility measures within the Licence Conditions and Code of Practice. Rachel has also recently been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List with an MBE for services to gambling regulation. 


Prof Jane WestProf Jane West, Director of Public Health Research and ActEarly Consultant in Public Health, Bradford Institute for Health Research

Prof Jane West is Director of Public Health Research and ActEarly Consultant in Public Health at Bradford Institute for Health Research. She is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) National Specialty Lead for Public Health. She is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, has UKPHR registration. Her research interests include income and ethnic inequalities and their impact on child health and opportunity, wider determinants of health and wellbeing, and systems approaches to disease prevention and population health. Jane was a member of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committees from 2015-2021 and represented the NIHR on the Public Health England Independent Panel on Data Release until 2020.