Former barrister appointed after four month search
Kate Lampard CBE, a former UK barrister and vice chair of the South of England Strategic Health Authority, has been appointed the independent chair of the board of trustees of the Responsible Gambling Trust following a four-month selection process carried out by an independent committee.
The RGT is a problem gambling charity funded by donations from gambling companies and related businesses, which currently give the Trust around GBP 7 million a year to spend on research, education and treatment to reduce gambling-related harm.
Lampard's appointment means that for the first time in its history the chair of the RGT does not have a gambling-related background, and the board of Trustees is predominantly assembled from outside the industry.
Lampard has a distinguished career which includes leading independent investigations into highly publicised allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile in NHS hospitals and into allegations of abuse at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.
Neil Goulden, the outgoing chair of the RGT, said: "I am delighted to be succeeded by an extremely impressive, high calibre individual with a proven track record in dealing with contentious matters impartially and authoritatively."
"I am confident the industry will wish to support her and the RGT, continuing to contribute what is now over £7 million a year for research, education and treatment to reduce gambling-related harm.
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