Read about the conference speakers below.

Liz Barclay

Liz Barclay is a broadcaster, writer and consumer champion, a Financial Inclusion Commissioner, Chair of the Fair by Design Campaign (tackling the poverty premium) and the BSI Consumer Forum, non-executive Director of the Lending Standards Board, sits on several standards boards, and is a Money Advice Trust Ambassador.

Liz works on improving governance, trust and culture, diversity, and customer understanding, service and engagement, coaches in communication and presentation skills, and is a conference chair and speaker.

Polly Mackenzie

Polly is the Chief Executive of Demos.

Polly started her career as a business journalist. In  2004 she became a Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP. She then worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15.

After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. She lives in South East London, and has three children.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin is CEO at The Mix, a multi-issue advice and support service working exclusively through virtual channels that reaches 2.5 million young people under the age of 25 every year. Chris is passionate about technology for social good and sits on a variety of advisory panels related to youth, mental health and the implementation of digital including the National Advisory Board on Statutory Guidance for Youth Services, UKCCIS Digital Resilience Steering Group, Facebook Safeguarding Group, the Healthy London Partnership as well as various government APPGs. He is a fellow of the RSA, a gadget lover and is a Trustee of The Mental Health Foundation, Brook Young People and his local youth club, Harrow Club W10. 

Professor Alan Emond

Alan Emond is a clinical academic paediatrician who is Emeritus Professor of Community Child Health at the University of Bristol. He completed 40 years of clinical NHS practice in general, developmental and community paediatrics when he retired in 2018. He has extensive research experience in epidemiology and health service evaluation, was involved in the founding of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC - Children of the Nineties) and has published on a wide range of paediatric topics using this cohort. He led the ALSPAC Gambling study, investigating gambling in youth between 17 and 24 years.

Professor Agnes Nairn

Agnes Nairn is Chair of Marketing at the School of Management, University of Bristol.  Her research focuses on the ethics and regulation of advertising to children and young people.  She has been invited to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects with public, private and third sector organisations ranging from UNICEF, UN, and the Brazilian Justice Ministry to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Public Health England.  She was recently Special Advisor to the House of Lords Communication Committee which produced the report UK Advertising in a Digital Age.

Steve Ginnis

Steven is a Research Director with Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, with over 10 years’ experience of conducting mixed methods research for public sector clients. This includes research with children and young people about risky behaviours such as gambling for clients such as the Welsh Government, Gambling Commission, Department of Health and GambleAware. Steven is currently leading delivery of a GambleAware project exploring the impact of gambling advertising and marketing to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Dr David Zendle

David Zendle is an expert on the convergence of video games and gambling, and is the lead author of several key references on the topic of loot boxes. Dr. Zendle has provided key evidence to a variety of government investigations into video game effects, including the FTC public workshop on loot boxes in the USA; the Australian Senate Inquiry into chance-based microtransactions; and the recent UK DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into Immersive and Addictive Technologies. His research was cited in the findings of this inquiry, which recommended the regulation of loot boxes as a form of gambling. He continues to actively contribute to discussions regarding video game policy across the globe.

Vicki Shotbolt

Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, an organisation that helps parents and families to navigate the challenges of a connected world. An executive board member of the UK Council for Internet Safety and co-chair of the UKCIS Digital Resilience working group Vicki leads a team that reaches millions of families every year.

Kenny Imafidon

Kenny is the co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd (CVR), a leading social and market research agency providing culturally-informed insight on diverse audiences. CVR specialise in research focussing on young people, millennials, under-represented/unheard groups and vulnerable communities. CVR's clients include the likes of Starbucks, The NHS, Vodafone (Foundation) and UNICEF UK. CVR were commissioned by GambleAware last year to conduct a study into the attitudes of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people towards gambling.

Duncan Stephenson

As Deputy CEO, Duncan supports the Chief Executive in setting the overall strategic direction for RSPH as well as providing operational support and deputising when required. Duncan also has overall responsibility for developing the organisation’s voice on public health issues, including policy, campaigning and marketing.  Duncan has been behind the high public profile RSPH now enjoys, as well as many of the organisation’s new campaigns and awareness raising activities including: #Status of Mind and Scroll Free September which focus on the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing; Health on the High Street - a campaign in both the UK and USA, to make High Streets more health promoting; and Taking a New Line on Drugs – calling for drug policy reform. Duncan has also developed and driven forward a number of new partnerships for RSPH including projects looking at obesity, vaccinations and gambling.  

Duncan has over fifteen years’ experience in campaigns, media relations and public affairs working mainly on health and wellbeing issues. Prior to joining RSPH, Duncan had responsibility for parliamentary and stakeholder relations at the Care Quality Commission. As Head of External Affairs at the YMCA, Duncan set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and was instrumental in the BeReal CampaignHe has previously worked for industry and at Unilever UK supported their response to the Public Health White Paper, covering issues such as food labelling, marketing and advertising to children and product reformulation. 

Outside of work, Duncan is a trustee of the People’s Health Trust.

Aaron Mansfield

Aaron leads on both RSPH's work with children and young people and the development of the organisation's health improvement qualifications, including RSPH's Young Health Champions programme. Aaron has spent his career to date working with young people, including coordinating a health education project around NHS recruitment in schools in the West Midlands. Aaron has led on the development of RSPH's upcoming report on the impact of gambling upon young people's health and wellbeing, which has been funded by a charitable grant from GambleAware.

Jonathan Baggaley

Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, leading efforts to ensure that every pupil receives high-quality provision. 

Jonathan has played an integral role in preventative education and online safety policy in the UK for many years, most recently as Head of Education at CEOP and as Chair of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s (UKCCIS) Education Group.

Chiara Marin

Chiara is the Project Manager of the Gambling Education Hub at Fast Forward and is experienced in formal and informal education settings. Previously a senior development worker at Fast Forward, she is also experienced in volunteer management and youth work. Chiara has an MSc in Community Education and BA in Education.

Conor Maxwell

YOU WANNA B£T? is a flexible problem gambling awareness programme dedicated to educating young people and parents about the dangers and impact gambling can have on their lives. YWB is facilitated by South Lanarkshire Councils Youth, Family and Community Learning Service. Our workshops are facilitated in schools, community centres as well as our Universal Connections buildings across South Lanarkshire. We have engaged with over 1000 young people and we are dedicated to ensuring that Gambling Education is accessible to all.

Anne Bell

Anne is a Subject Specialist for the PSHE Association, specialising in supporting colleagues in the secondary phase. She has extensive experience of PSHE education leadership and has had a range of whole-school responsibilities. Anne has co-written planning toolkits and recently lead a project on PSHE in initial teacher education. She has designed training and resources on subjects as diverse as relationships and sex education, counter-extremism, and gambling harm reduction. 

Gifty Oduro-Anyan

Gifty co-ordinates GamCare’s youth outreach programme, BigDeal. As well as establishing partnerships, providing direction and leadership for the national programme, she runs workshops directly with young people to equip them with the skills to make safer choices around gambling and trains professionals to confidently interact with young people on the issue of gambling related harm. At the heart of this work is continuous improvement. The programme has been fully externally evaluated, with good outcomes, and materials have been co-created with young people and their opinions on the topic of gambling. To date, the BigDeal programme has trained over 4,000 professionals and 11,000 young people across the UK.

Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic in the UK, the first NHS service in the UK designated to the treatment of Gambling Disorder.

She is spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College as well as being the current President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for Services to Addiction Treatment and to Research.

Her website, which includes a full CV, media work and all publications, is
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Helen Garratt

Helen is a qualified nurse (RMN) with over 30 years of experience in mental health and addictions. She has managed a wide variety of teams operationally and as a senior manager, for adult and young people’s services.

Helen has developed programmes of work in the alcohol field including early intervention schemes as well as those for more complex needs. She has a substantial knowledge base in mental health, alcohol and domestic violence and has been involved in domestic homicide reviews.

She has been involved in leading the development of support to people affected by gambling problems for over 10 years and joined the largest provider of specialist gambling support and treatment, GamCare, in 2018 as Director of Clinical Services.

Vivienne Evans

Vivienne Evans OBE is the Chief Executive of Adfam, the national umbrella organisation for children and families affected by someone else’s substance misuse. She has a background in drug and alcohol education, prevention and young people and families and substance misuse policy and practice.  

She is a former member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and chaired its working group on the implementation of Hidden Harm Interventions. She also chaired the Drug Sector Skills Consortium, funded by the Department of Health, and the Family Drug and Alcohol Court Advisory Group.  

Vivienne is a board member of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment and the London Hep C Joint Working Group.