Sir Christopher Kelly has been named as the new chairman of the independent Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).
Kelly will replace Sir Brian Pomeroy on the board which was set up by the Gambling Commission in order to advise them and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the best course of action with regards to responsible gambling strategies.
Despite not having much direct experience of the gambling industry, Kelly has served on numerous boards of control including the Committee on Standards in Public Life and The King’s Fund.
As well as advising on strategic matters, Kelly and the RGSB will also be charged with generating fundraising ideas as well as investigating new methods of gambling research, education and treatment of problem gambling.
The RGSB is made up of nine members including the chairman and was established following a review of the strategies being used to fund and direct strategies for the prevention, treatment and education about problem gambling in 2008.
The chairman of the Gambling Commission Philip Graf explained his delight at the appointment of such an experienced figure. He also emphasised the importance of the board and reiterated its aims.
He said: “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 is provided.”