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Lampard appointed as new chair of RGT

29 June 2016

KATE LAMPARD, the former barrister appointed by the department of health to oversee its investigation into the activities of Jimmy Savile, has been named as the new chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust.

She replaces Neil Goulden having been selected following a four-month recruitment process.

Lampard said: “I’m very pleased to accept this appointment to help prevent and protect vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

“The Responsible Gambling Trust plays a vitally important role in enhancing our understanding of harm arising from gambling and the best ways to tackle it.

“I look forward to working with our research, treatment and gambling industry stakeholders to address the evolving challenge of minimising gambling-related harm.”

As a result of her appointment the RGT board has a majority of trustees who are wholly independent of the gambling industry for the first time.

Goulden said: “I’m 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’m confident the industry will wish to support her and the RGT as it continues to contribute what is now more than £7 million a year for research, education and treatment to reduce gambling-related harm.”

Lampard, who was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the National Health Service and to the community in Kent, also headed an investigation into allegations of abuse at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

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