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Our trustees

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.  

All GambleAware trustees are listed below and the trustee declarations of interest can be viewed here.

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 a past President of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Chair of PHE’s Global Health Committee and Associate Non-Executive member of the Advisory Board until its dissolution in September 2021, she is a Non-Executive Director for Public Health Wales. She practiced as a service-based public health physician at local, regional and national level in the UK. In 2003 Siân chaired the Hong Kong SAR government's SARS Inquiry which led to her joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as founding 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. On return to UK in 2014 she picked up a portfolio career which included being Specialist Adviser to Healthcare UK in the UKTI. Now Emeritus Professor at CUHK and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London she maintains her global links as well as being involved in a variety of community based projects in the UK, in particular media commentary during the Covid pandemic.

Siân is also Deputy Chair of GambleAware, Chair of the Education & Treatment Committee and the Research & Evaluation Committee and has chaired the Bet Regret Safer Gambling campaign. Now a grandmother of 9, soon to be 10, she divides her time between Oxfordshire and France.

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).

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. From 2017 to 2019 Paul was the Chair of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability & Transformation Partnership Finance Group and from 2018 he has been a Trustee for GambleAware. Paul achieved accreditation for SaSH+ Lean for Leaders in 2018 (SASH+ is the Trust’s continuous improvement programme) and in April 2021 he added Estates and Facilities to his span of work at the Trust.

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

Baroness Hilary Armstrong

Baroness Hilary Armstrong is a Labour member of the House of Lords, who has extensive experience in non-executive leadership roles including her role as a Board Member for Durham and Darlington Hospital Foundation Trust; Chair of Tony Blair Sports Foundation, and Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Baroness Armstrong was, until 2018, also Chair of the charity Changing Lives, which supports people with complex needs, and continues to work with the organisation advising on their work with women. 

Marina Gibbs

Marina Gibbs is Policy Director within Ofcom’s Networks and Communications group who currently oversees Ofcom’s work in the postal sector and directs policy projects across Ofcom’s regulatory sectors. Marina brings over 20 years’ experience in operating at Board level in both executive and non-executive roles.

Marina has served as Lay NonExecutive 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 moving to Ofcom, Marina was a Partner with Spectrum Strategy consultants.

Mubin Haq

Mubin Haq is Chief Executive of Standard Life Foundation, which funds and commissions research, policy work and advocacy activities focused on improving living standards and addressing financial problems of low-to-middle income earners, which will bring valuable insight, knowledge, and perspective to GambleAware.

Mubin also has extensive Boardlevel experience, having served as Director at several organisations including London Strategic Migration Partnership, London Funders and serving on a committee of London & Quadrant Housing Association. He was also recently Director of Policy & Grants for Trust For London.

Dr. Koravangattu Valsraj

Dr. Koravangattu Valsraj is a consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Kings College London. He is on the specialist register of the General Medical Council with dual accreditation in Psychiatry of Learning Disability and General Adult Psychiatry with specialty endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry.

Valsraj has substantial experience in clinical leadership roles in different boroughs in London, has provided leadership services for two mental health trusts, and has been part of a senior leadership board for a leading University Hospital in India. He is currently serving as a Trustee at mental health charity Careif and will be instrumental in GambleAware’s efforts to increase access and support for gambling harms amongst minority communities and networks.