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Our Board of trustees is chaired by Kate Lampard CBE who is lead non-executive director on the Department of Health & Social Care Board and a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Other trustees have extensive public health and NHS experience.

GambleAware is regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). GambleAware is wholly independent and has a framework agreement with the Gambling Commission to deliver the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms within the context of arrangements based on voluntary donations from the gambling industry.

GambleAware is guided by an independent Board of trustees, the majority of whom have extensive public health and NHS experience. The Board is chaired by Kate Lampard CBE, who is lead non-executive director on the Department of Health & Social Care Board and a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  

Kate Lampard CBE

Kate works as an independent consultant undertaking investigations and advising organisations on management and service effectiveness and development. She led the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile, and produced a report for the Secretary of State for Health setting out the lessons for today’s health service. She was commissioned by the board of Serco Plc to investigate the treatment of residents at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. She has also led a review commissioned by the Home Secretary into the immigration system.  

Previously Kate spent 13 years as a practising barrister before moving into the public sector where she held a number of non-executive appointments. Kate has been the chair of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, vice chair of the South of England Strategic Health Authority and a non-executive director and vice chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service Limited. She acted as interim chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.

Kate is the lead non-executive director on the Department of Health Board as well as being a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Royal Horticultural Society. Kate was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the National Health Service and to the community in Kent.

Saffron Cordery

Saffron Cordery is Director of Policy and Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers. NHS Providers is the membership organisation and trade association for the NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. Saffron has extensive experience in policy development, influencing and communications and has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007. Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education.

Professor Sian Griffiths OBE

Professor Siân Griffiths OBE is Chair of the Global Health Committee, Associate Non-Executive member of the Board of Public Health England and a Non-Executive Director for Public Health Wales. Siân practiced as a service-based public health physician at local, regional and national level in the UK and was President of the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians as well as the first Co-Chair of the UK Public Health Association.

In 2003 Siân chaired the Hong Kong SAR government's SARS Inquiry joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as Director of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care in 2005. Her tenure at CUHK saw the development of multidisciplinary approaches to public health education and extensive networks across China, Asia and beyond. Now Emeritus Professor at CUHK she maintains her links as well as being involved in a variety of community based projects in the UK. 

Michelle Highman

Michelle Highman is Chief Executive of The Money Charity. The Money Charity, is a financial capability charity with a mission to empower people across the UK to build the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to make the most of their money throughout their lives. Michelle is well versed in the financial services industry, having spent 13 years at the Financial Services Authority and a leading role in setting up the Consumer Financial Education Body (now Money Advice Service).

Professor Anthony Kessel 

Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since the end of 2019 Anthony has been working in a national role as a Clinical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Prior to this, Anthony worked for a decade as Director of Global Public Health at Public Health England and National Director of Public Health Strategy, Director of R&D and Medical Director at the Health Protection Agency. Anthony’s other leadership responsibilities in these roles included antimicrobial resistance, climate change, professional development, clinical governance, Caldicott Guardian, and responsibility for the revalidation of 600 medical consultants across the national public health system. Anthony is also an advisor to the WHO on public health. Previously, Anthony was Director of Public Health and Medical Director at Camden Primary Care Trust (2004-2009), and is also a GP.

In parallel, Anthony holds a university position as Honorary Professor and Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As well as an active research portfolio, Anthony has over 100 publications in areas of public health, environmental health and the medical humanities, including a sole author book Air, the Environment and Public Health (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Anthony is a Trustee Director of the national charities GambleAware and BookTrust, a Council member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and advises other charities working in global health and mental health. Anthony has trained as an executive coach, and writes a personal column exploring his leadership work through a lens of psychological wellbeing, ‘Global Health Experience’ (https://medium.com/@AKessel).

In 2013, Anthony published a fiction book for young children, The Amazing Adventures of Perch the Cat (Matador, 2013). Anthony’s new 4-book ‘DON’T DOUBT THE RAINBOW’ adventure series for middle-grade children is centred on a 13-year-old detective, Edie Marble, and will be published by Crown House. Threaded through the series is an approach to support psychological wellbeing and resilience in this age group. The first book, The Five Clues, will be published in March 2021.

Rachel Pearce

Rachel Pearce is Regional Director Commissioning at NHS England South West.

Alongside her NHS career, Rachel maintains a commitment to the non-statutory sector and has been a trustee for 13 years with charities providing drug and alcohol services and latterly mental health support, including serving as Vice Chair of the Gloucestershire-based charity The Independent Trust until 2014.

Paul Simpson 

Paul Simpson is Chief Finance Officer/Deputy Chief Executive, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Paul is a chartered management accountant (FCMA and CGMA) and has been working as either a Finance Director/Chief Finance Officer or deputy in NHS Trusts since 2002. He joined Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in December 2007 from Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust, where he was Finance Director and also Deputy Chief Executive (he started there in July 2006). From 2002 Paul was Deputy Director of Finance at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which he supported through its successful foundation trust application in 2006.

Paul’s previous experience has been in central financial oversight and performance management (NHS Regional Office, at the Department of Health HQ and the Benefits Agency), and, earlier still, an eclectic mix of other roles ranging from being an untrained occupational therapist at Broadmoor Special Hospital, through to working in private office at the Department of Health in Whitehall. More recently, since April 2017, Paul has found himself being the Chair of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability & Transformation Partnership Finance Group.

Despite following an entirely unrelated career, Paul has a degree in zoology.