Trustees have robust and transparent governance arrangements including:


A substantial element of our ‘added-value’ derives from our expertise, experience and knowledge allied to our ability to leverage extensive networks and relationships nationally and internationally, and to broker engagement to affect positive and sustainable change. The Board of Trustees is as follows:

  • Kate Lampard CBE - lead non-executive director on the Department of Health & Social Care Board and trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Saffron Cordery - Director of Policy and Strategy and Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers
  • Professor Siân Griffiths OBE - Chair of the Global Health Committee & Associate Non-Executive member of the Board of Public Health England (PHE)
  • Michelle Highman - Chief Executive, The Money Charity
  • Professor Anthony Kessel - Clinical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement; Honorary Professor & Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Rachel Pearce - Regional Director Commissioning at NHS England South West
  • Paul Simpson - Chief Finance Officer/Deputy Chief Executive, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Professor Marcantonio Spada - Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health at London South Bank University


The expertise & independence of trustees is key to role in the commissioning of national prevention, education, treatment & support services:

  • Independent & expert committees take funding decisions subject to approval of the full Board of Trustees
  • Commissioning plans are guided by the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms having been established initially in a five-year strategy published in 2016
  • An updated Strategic Delivery Plan setting out the charity’s commissioning priorities through to March 2020 was published in 2018
  • Current arrangements are underpinned by an 'assurance and governance framework', agreed between the Gambling Commission, ABSG and GambleAware, and published in August 2012.