Board of Trustees
Patron of GamCare – Lord Sharman of Redlynch OBE
Chairman – Sir Ian Prosser
Sir Ian Prosser is a chartered accountant who qualified with Cooper Brothers, (now PwC). He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Bass plc in 1987, and he retired as Chairman at the end of 2003 from the Board of what was by then InterContinental Hotels. He was a non-executive director of the Boots Company, Lloyds TSB Group, Sara Lee and GlaxoSmithKline and Deputy Chairman of BP plc.
He is presently Chairman of the BP Pension Fund, the Aviva Staff Pension Fund, and the Navy Army & Air Force Institute (the NAFFI).
Vice-President – John Brackenbury CBE
John is a leading industrialist with over 40 years’ experience in the drinks and leisure sector. He was founder and Chairman of Pubmaster which was sold in 2003 to Punch Taverns. He was founder and Life President of Business in Sport and Leisure Limited until December 2013. He was founder and Chairman of Avanti Communications Plc which he demerged from Avanti Screenmedia and is listed on the AIM market.
He was Chairman of the Hospitality Training Foundation which then became People 1st (the Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Industry), of which he was the first Chairman, he was also a Director and Trustee of the Bradfield College Foundation. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list June 2000 (citation: Services to Tourism, Education and Employment).
He is a Trustee & Vice President of GamCare, a Committee Member of the Institute for Cancer Research and a Trustee of Springboard Educational Trust.
Deputy Chairman – John Hagan
John is a founding partner of leading specialist gambling law firm, Harris Hagan. John advises on all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, speaks frequently at industry conferences and is also a regular contributor of articles to national and international gaming publications. He is the Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, a collaboration of industry trade associations providing a structure to promote socially responsible gambling across all gambling sectors in the UK. John is also Secretary to the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Simon Thomas – Trustee
Simon is Chief Executive of Hippodrome Casino Limited, the extensive leisure casino complex at the former Hippodrome Theatre in Leicester Square. He is a Director of a number of other companies, including Next Generation Australia (Health and Tennis Clubs), World Bingo Tech (who operate Electronic Bingo terminals in the UK), a Director of the Heart of London Business Alliance, a patron of the OPPO foundation and was also a Commissioner on the West End Commission.
He was the youngest ever President of the industry trade association BACTA, is a very pro-active member of its principal committee, and was also a member of the equivalent committee of the Bingo Association. He is also on the Strategy committee of the National Casino Forum.
Dominic Harrison – Trustee
Dominic is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1988 with Peat Marwick McLintock (now KPMG). He held senior positions in finance, marketing and operations with Grand Metropolitan plc and Bass plc before joining L*dbrokes in 2002 as Commercial Director. He spent nearly a decade in the gambling sector becoming CEO of Gala Coral in 2008. He is currently CEO of McMillan Williams – a venture capital backed law firm.
Margot Daly – Trustee
Margot held Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer positions in both FTSE listed and privately held companies from 2000-2010. A graduate of UC Berkeley and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, she is a qualified CEDR dispute resolution mediator and holds a post-graduate diploma in Competition Economics from King’s College. For the last eight years she has served as a panel judge at the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal presiding over cases related to breaches in antitrust law. Presently she also serves as a non-executive director of Sport Resolutions, where she chairs the Product, Service Development & Marketing Committee.
Dr Emily Finch – Trustee
Dr Finch is an Addiction Psychiatrist and the Clinical Academic Group (CAG), Clinical Director for the Addictions CAG with responsibility for Addiction services across Lambeth, Bexley, Greenwich and Wandsworth. She is currently clinical lead for the alcohol assertive outreach team and treats patients with addiction problems in a variety of settings. She has a background in drug and alcohol policy and is also a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Emily is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Addictions Executive. She is a co-chair of the London joint working group on hepatitis C.
Emily recently chaired the NICE quality standard drug use disorders topic expert group. From 2004 to 2007, Emily was the Clinical Team Leader at the National Treatment Agency (NTA) where she took a lead in the clinical aspects of national drug policy. Emily teaches and lectures on all aspects of addiction and supervises PhD and MSc students. Emily is head of education and training for the CAG, and she is also a Trustee of Alcohol Research UK.
Anita Gundecha – Trustee
Anita is a pharmacist who qualified in 1993 and also has an MBA. She has held senior management positions in pharmacy across the retail sector and was manager and Superintendent Pharmacist at John Bell & Croydon Pharmacy in London. She joined the NHS in 2007 as Lead Pharmacist for Addiction & Offender Care Services and was appointed to Deputy Director of Addiction Services in 2011. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Community Adult Services in Camden for Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Anita is currently taking a sabbatical and is based in the US.
Jill Britton – Trustee
Jill has a great deal of experience working in addition services and mental health services. She joined the GamCare Board and Clinical and Quality Governance Committee in 2017. Jill has worked in addition services in a range of capacities, as a front line practitioner as well as national policy and local commissioner of services. Her current role is as an Assistant Director of Jointly Commissioned services across health and social care. Jill also has a Master’s degree in research and has had numerous publications of policy and practice guidance.