GambleAware appoints four new board members to support ‘overarching vision’

GambleAware has confirmed the appointment of four new members to its board of trustees to help it achieve its long-term goals over the next five years
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GambleAware has confirmed the appointment of four new members to its board of trustees to help it achieve its long-term goals over the next five years.

The trustees will strengthen GambleAware’s oversight on public health matters and the issuing of funds for gambling harm research, education and treatment projects.

Labour House of Lords peer, Baroness Hillary Armstrong, is one of the new trustees,  providing the charity with guidance and experience on its charitable and social duties.

Armstrong is a former Board Member for Durham and Darlington Hospital Foundation Trust and Chair of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, and Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Also joining the trustees, Ofcom Policy Director Marina Gibbs will work to strengthen the charity’s organisational oversight and communications strategy.  

Gibbs previously served as a Non-Executive member on the Legal Services Board, the legal sector’s oversight regulator, and as Co-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications Remedies expert working group. Prior to working for Ofcom, Gibbs was a Partner with Spectrum Strategy consultants.

Mubin Haq, the current CEO to the Standard Life Foundation, will join the charity to help support leading research on UK living standards and addressing financial problems of low-to-middle income earners.

Haq is a director at several organisations including London Strategic Migration Partnership and London Funders. Furthermore, she has previously worked on a committee of London & Quadrant Housing Association and recently worked as Director of Policy & Grants for Trust For London.

The final appointment is that of Senior Clinical Lecturer at Kings College, Dr. Koravangattu Valsraj, a psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Valsraj currently serves as a trustee of mental health charity, Careif, and will spearhead GambleAware’s efforts to increase access and support for gambling harms in minority communities.

Kate Lampard CBE, the chair of the board, welcomed the new trustees: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of four new trustees, each of whom bring with them skills and experience which will help guide and support GambleAware as it works to deliver its new five-year strategy.

“Our current Board composition is strong on health and public health, but we recognised there was a clear need to increase the diversity of the Board and extend the skill base of trustees. With these new appointments, we look forward to building and expanding the Board’s expertise that will support the charity in the years ahead.”