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New members join the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

Posted on 1 July 2015

We are pleased to announce that Professor David Forrest, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore and Dr Heather Wardle joined the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) on 1 July 2015.

The RGSB advises the Gambling Commission and, in turn, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on research, education and treatment programmes needed to support a national responsible gambling strategy and associated funding. 

Both David Forrest and Heather Wardle are experienced researchers. David Forrest specialises in the fields of sports economics and the economics of gambling and has advised government on match fixing. Heather Wardle specialises in the design and delivery of complex social surveys and is an expert in gambling studies. 

Professor Sir Ian is a professor of herpetology (diseases of the liver). Professor Sir Ian advises the government on alcohol policy and is chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance which he helped to set up. He is also President of Alcohol Concern. 

Sir Chris Kelly, the RGSB Chairman, said: 

“I am very pleased to welcome our new Board members. Their collective expertise will be a great asset as we work towards better ways of identifying and intervening with those who are at risk of being harmed by their gambling.”

Note to editors

1. About the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB). 

2. Professor 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. 

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

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