Marc Etches

Marc graduated in Leisure Management at Leeds Polytechnic in 1983, and has worked for 30 years in UK leisure businesses including Center Parcs Ltd, Leisure Parcs Ltd, Granada plc and First Leisure Corporation plc. He was managing director of Windsor Safari Park for five years followed by six years with Center Parcs, a company that set new high-standards for domestic tourism in the UK during the 1990s. Having accepted a move to join the Walt Disney Company in Paris in 1998, he was persuaded instead to take up the role of managing director of Leisure Parcs Ltd, owners of Blackpool Tower, and to lead the campaign for resort casino development to be used as a catalyst for the economic regeneration of Blackpool. 

Following six years running a small but successful consultancy providing operational and strategic advice to clients with a commercial interest in leisure and tourism, including acting as interim Chief Executive for Visit Lincolnshire, Marc was appointed Chief Executive of the GREaT Foundation in July 2011. 

Marc was appointed Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, now known as GambleAware following the merger between the GREaT Foundation and the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) in April 2012.