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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.

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.

Debby Morrell – Director of People

Debby joined GamCare in November 2020. She has over 20 years experience of developing and improving the people functions across a very diverse range of both public and private organisations. She worked for a number of years at an international level for a major charity organisation in her previous role. Debby wished to remain in the charity sector and, in her new role, she is very keen to use her extensive experience to ensure that the staff at GamCare are fully supported in successfully delivering the potentially life changing services to our clients. Debby holds a Masters Degree and is a fully qualified HR professional.

Chris Franklin – Director of Finance

Chris joined GamCare in February 2021. He has over 30 years experience working as a Finance Director, having made the switch from working in commerce to the charity sector after a career spent mostly in the music industry. For the last 15 years he has worked for various charities, including those supporting the arts, homelessness, religion, unemployment and animal welfare. He is a qualified accountant and holds an MA in cultural policy.

Jenny Olsen – Director of Policy and Communications

Jenny joined GamCare in September 2020 and brings over 20 years’ experience of senior communications roles that spans the private, public and not for profit sectors. She has led the development of brand and reputation management most recently for The National Lottery Community Fund. She is supporting Gamcare in the use of evidence based strategies to raise its profile so it can help more people experiencing gambling harm. Jenny is a Clore and RSA Fellow.

Rachel Hassan – Director of Quality Assurance & Innovation

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.

Fiona Macleod – Director of Clinical and Communities

Fiona also joined GamCare in 2019 as Senior Manager for the National Gambling Helpline, where she has been at the helm of the helpline and our online support, ensuring our provision is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people and affected others experiencing gambling harm. Fiona has a wide-ranging background in treatment and Addiction services spanning over two decades, working with both homelessness and substance misuse charities, overseeing teams and services that have made a tangible difference to people’s lives. Alongside this Fiona has extensive experience in the statutory sector, occupying senior roles within commissioning for Local Authorities.

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.

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.

Dominique Webb – Head of Programmes

Dominique joined GamCare in July 2020 to develop and advance our programmes delivering tailored education and prevention provision. She has held a number of senior management roles encompassing programme and operations management in the criminal justice, international health and regeneration sectors. Starting her career at the Citizens Advice network, Dominique subsequently worked in gender policy for the EHRC, and in employment and skills regeneration before moving into Operations Director roles. She spent eight years as a board member of Merseyside Probation Trust until its dissolution in 2014, and is a trustee for the Prisoners Advice Service charity. Throughout her career Dominique has worked to support the empowerment of people to improve their personal situations, both through direct service delivery to effect individual change, and through policy and influencing to achieve systems change.

Vinit Mehta – Head of Digital Services

Vinit joined GamCare as a senior IT manager in 2020 to support GamCare in developing and implementing the IT infrastructure and Core IT projects. He has over 18-year experience of working in charity and not-for-profit sector delivering multidisciplinary projects. Vinit holds an MSc in Financial Management and Marketing. Vinit has recently transitioned into the Digital Transformation world as Head of Digital Services sharing his passion to address digital inclusion, improving digital services, and providing a fast, responsive, and seamless experiences for service users digitally.

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