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Gambling Commission appoints Sir Christopher Kelly as Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

Posted on 19 December 2012

Sir Christopher Kelly has been appointed as the Chair of the independent Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).

RGSB advises the Gambling Commission and, in turn, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), on the research, education and treatment components of a national responsible gambling strategy.

On 1 April 2013 Sir Christopher will succeed Sir Brian Pomeroy who took on the role for an interim period to help develop and embed new arrangements needed to secure authoritative advice.

Philip Graf, the Commission Chairman, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Sir Christopher as the new Chair of RGSB. His wealth of experience in different sectors will be invaluable as RGSB continues to refine its research, education and harm prevention strategy and to deliver authoritative, independent advice to the Commission.

“Our aim is to ensure that when people gamble they do so safely – but where problems occur, escalation of harm is prevented and appropriate treatment provided.”

Sir Christopher said:

“I am delighted to be succeeding Brian Pomeroy in this important role and to have the opportunity to play a part in continuing to develop the strategy toward responsible gambling.”

Sir Christopher is currently Chairman of The King's Fund, of the TPO Foundation and of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, from which he stands down in March 2013. He has held a variety of other advisory and non-executive positions. He worked in HM Treasury between 1970 and 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he was Chairman of the Policy Board at the Department of Social Security and was Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health from 1997 to 2000. He was chairman of the NSPCC from 2001 to 2010.

RGSB will continue to work closely with the Responsible Gambling Trust, the new fundraising and distribution body, with the industry continuing to provide voluntary funding to implement the Strategy.

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