GambleAware understands the need to generate widespread trust and credibility in the charity's independence and integrity, particularly in view of the investment of both fundraising and commissioning functions in a single, industry-funded body. This is especially so in relation to the commissioning of research.
All research activity is wholly the responsibility of its Research Committee, chaired by Professor Jo Wolff who is GambleAware's senior independent trustee. This arrangement ensures that those trustees who may have a direct interest in any research outcomes are entirely excluded from directing or otherwise influencing any research activity that GambleAware undertakes to commission. The terms of reference for the Research Committee can be found here.
The Research Committee consists of:
There are additional observers at the Research Committee meetings representing RGSB, the Gambling Commission and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Also, for each substantial research project commissioned, GambleAware will establish a panel of independent experts in collaboration with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) to provide further academic oversight, which will ensure all aspects of any research is transparent to the Gambling Commission and therefore to the Government. Furthermore, all research outputs will be published by GambleAware following a rigorous and entirely independent peer-review process.