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Board members

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.

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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 is a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham and in the NHS; she works in the NHS in community mental health services and in private practice in the area of addictions and mental health. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and has published a substantial body of research in the area of the relationship between addictive behaviours and mental health problems and regarding the evaluation and implementation of effective treatment approaches. She has served on expert advisory groups to develop ‘dual diagnosis’ national policy guidance and has substantial national and international experience of 


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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. 


Simon Tanner_013Dr 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.

Wardle_Heather15!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 fifteen years’ experience in health and wellbeing research, she is a substantive expert in gambling studies and completed her PhD in sociology focusing on 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 funded by Wellcome to look at youth gambling behaviour and its relationship with changing technology. 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.

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.