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GamCare Announces New Chief Executive

6th February 2013

"I am delighted to welcome Dirk Hansen as the new Chief Executive of GamCare. He brings a wealth of experience from the field of mental health and well-being services, holding executive positions in both charitable and commercial organisations in the UK and the USA."

"Most recently, Dirk was the Vice President of a leading Employee Assistance Programme with offices in London, Dublin, Toronto, and Raleigh (USA).

"During his time at Workplace Options, Dirk was responsible for overseeing the development of an international network of clinical service centres (offering 24/7 telephonic and online support) along with recruiting a network of counselling affiliates worldwide. In addition to his executive experience, Dirk also holds counselling qualifications in the UK and USA, and has worked in agency settings offering addiction and recovery services, family therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

"With his unique perspective on matching business objectives with clinical best practice, Dirk will provide GamCare with all the necessary expertise and experience to enable us to fulfil our current strategic goals; both through developing more efficient operational systems, and in the continued expansion of expert prevention and treatment services for problem gambling."

Anthony Jennens, Chairman of Board of Trustees, GamCare

Editor notes 

1. GamCare is the national provider of education, advice, practical help, support and treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling. Founded in 1997, the GamCare HelpLine receives nearly 100 calls a day with more than 85% of clients rating the service as “very good” or “excellent”. In 2011/12 GamCare treated more than 2,700 clients. Around 90% of gamblers in treatment are assessed as problem gamblers; this reduces to around 30% at the end of treatment. GamCare’s return on investment is estimated at 7:1.

2. GamCare supports best practice within the gambling industry through training, GamCare Certification, consultation and training. GamCare Certification is an internationally recognised third party accreditation available for gaming, betting and lottery products across land-based, mobile gaming and internet platforms. GamCare training is face-to-face or via GamCare ExTra e-learning.

Media Enquiries

Please contact Ruth Halahmy, Marketing and Fundraising Officer, GamCare by phone 020 7801 7028 or email [email protected].

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