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New chairman for problem gambling body

01 September 2014

AN INDUSTRY problem gambling body representing the sector's five main trade associations has appointed a new chairman in the shape of Barry Hardy.

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, which comprises the Association of British Bookmakers, the Remote Gambling Association, the British Amusement Catering Trade Association, the Bingo Association and the National Casino Forum, was formed in March last year.

RGA chief executive Clive Hawkswood was its first chairman and said that the original intention was that the role would rotate among the associations.

However it was then decided to have an independent chairman if possible and Hardy was appointed.

Hawkswood said: "I and my trade association colleagues were obviously delighted when he agreed to accept our invitation. I am sure we will all work well together as we take forward a range of initiatives that are currently being finalised."

Hardy, a chartered accountant, is a non-executive director of Gala Coral and South African gaming company Peermont, as well as chairman of Regency Casinos in Greece.

He said: "The wider gambling industry has done much over the years to promote socially responsible gambling and those developments should be acknowledged. However, we must proactively strive to identify and implement further improvements where we can.

"The IGRG has unmatched reach across the UK gambling industry and I have been pleasantly surprised by how well the associations have been working together. I am very much looking forward to the coming months as we begin to do more detailed work in areas such as staff training, customer interaction, and messaging."

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