Our Senior Management Team
Anna Hemmings – Chief Executive Officer
Anna joined GamCare in January 2018. She has extensive experience in working in health and social care, with a focus on addictions. Anna has extensive senior management and board level experience, in large and complex organisations. In addition, she has previously worked with a range of commissioners, grant givers and external partner organisations to deliver influential and insightful third sector services. Most importantly, Anna is committed to the delivery of effective, safe and well led services that improve the quality of life of beneficiaries.
Helen Garratt – Director of Clinical Services
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, family work, alcohol and domestic violence. Helen has also been involved in leading the development of support to people affected by gambling problems for over a decade, joining GamCare in 2018 as Director of Clinical Services.
Mike Kenward – Director of Development
Mike has worked in the gambling sector for over a decade. Joining GamCare in 2007, Mike has spent many years working in frontline support roles and has a thorough understanding of how gambling impacts on individual’s lives. He has worked across most of GamCare’s activities over the years, developing systems and databases, projects and programmes, and establishing new products and services for the charity. Mike holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management and is interested in the sustainable delivery of charitable activities that have meaningful impact. He now uses his knowledge of gambling harms to inform the development of GamCare’s specialist programmes, training and accreditation. This work provides activities and services to better reach those at risk of harm, as well as driving up standards of customer protection across the gambling industry to make gambling products and environments safer for everyone.
Syed Naqi – Director of Finance and Resources
Syed is a Chartered Certified Accountant who has over a decade of experience working for various small and medium charities. After qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant Syed gained BSc in Applied Accounting degree from Oxford Brookes University, also completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance from London School of Business and Finance. Syed has experience of leading teams providing finance and HR support among other back office operations. Joining GamCare in 2018, Syed is also currently studying for his Master of Finance degree from Birkbeck University.
Catherine Sweet – Head of Marketing and Communications
Catherine is a communications professional who has over a decade of experience across the third sector and graduated from Roehampton University with a First-Class BA Hons. Media and Culture. She has worked for a range of local, national and international organisations across a range of communications disciplines, and has been with GamCare since 2016. Building influence through engaging communications and always seeking to represent the voice of beneficiaries, Catherine has succeeded in developing a varied portfolio and has also given guest lectures on marketing and communications at two UK universities. Catherine also sits on advisory committees for local and international arts organisations.
Paul Carpenter – Head of Safer Gambling Standards
As Head of Industry Services, Paul’s role is to develop GamCare’s work on quality standards for gambling operators. Paul joined GamCare in July 2018 from the UK Gambling Commission, where his most recent role at included developing and leading on the Commission’s approach to the corporate evaluation of its largest licensed operators. Paul has a background in regulation and compliance spanning over two decades, working with five different regulators, mostly in front line or senior management roles. Paul’s roles have included compliance assessment and consultancy and developing new risk-based regulatory frameworks for regulators. Paul is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association and his employment-related qualifications include the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance Risk and Compliance.
Candice Donn – Head of Clinical Services
Candice has over a decade of experience working within the addiction field, leading on strategic and operational delivery of NHS adult multidisciplinary integrated substance misuse and criminal justice services, in addition to managing adult and young people’s services within the voluntary sector. Candice is a qualified Addiction Therapist and Counsellor experienced in delivering individual, group and couples therapy. Candice has a MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling and BSc in Psychology. She has extensive experience of the delivery of services to individuals impacted by addiction, homelessness, mental health, domestic abuse and offending behaviour. Candice also has experience in leading on the implementations of newly commissioned substance misuse services, project management, policy writing, undertaking statutory duties as a Safeguarding Adults Manager, and coordinator for adult safeguarding cases. Candice is experienced in delivering treatment within residential, custodial and community settings.
Rachel Hassan – Head of Quality Assurance
Rachel joined GamCare as a member of the Senior Management Team in 2019 to support GamCare in developing and implementing a Quality Management Framework that sets the standard of excellence across the UK gambling treatment system. Rachel has spent almost two decades working across several leading voluntary sector organisations, delivering frontline drug and alcohol treatment and education services, often working in partnership with the NHS. Rachel also spent four years as an outreach advice worker and team leader in Central London working with street homeless and sex workers, as well as volunteering with young people in health and social care. Rachel is passionate about service user involvement and working collaboratively with service users and partners to design, develop and improve services. Rachel’s goal is to ensure that the workforce is motivated to deliver quality interventions/services that have a positive impact on improving lives.
Julia Fazackerley – Head of Development
Julia has been working in the health, justice and social care sector for two decades. Julia has previously worked within prison-based teams in the North West and Yorkshire Humberside providing frontline support to young people affected by drugs and alcohol, as well as various regional managerial positions and health service secondments. Julia has worked in London and the South for five years, developing and overseeing a range of community and prison substance misuse services, as a senior business development manager and contract manager. Julia holds a Masters in Health and Social Care Management, along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Substance Misuse Policy, and an LLB in Law and Criminology. Previously working with Gordon Moody Association, along with a range of other charities and NHS organisations, Julia joined GamCare in 2019 as Head of Development. Julia is committed to services that are both needs led and outcomes focused.
Louise Howell – Interim Head of Programmes
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