The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE as new Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).
Dr van der Gaag will succeed Sir Christopher Kelly, who is set to finish his leadership tenure of the RGSB on March 2019.
An experienced executive in regulatory policy development for health and social care, Dr van der Gaag is the current Visiting Professor for Ethics & Regulation at the University of Surrey.
As new RGSB Chair, Dr van der Gaag will lead R&D, knowledge, treatment and insight structures for supporting the UKGC and gambling-related harm stakeholders.
Backing the appointment, Bill Moyes, UKGC Chair said: “It is with pleasure that we announce Dr Anna van der Gaag as the new Chair of RGSB. She brings with her a wealth of experience in health, social care and the prevention of harm that will be an asset in advising on how to implement the next National Strategy, which will launch in April 2019 and on which we will shortly be consulting.”
The former Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, Dr van der Gaag is a current non-executive director for Health Education England. Furthermore, she is a founding member of health and social workers advice forum – the Q Community.
In 2015, Dr van der Gaag was awarded a CBE for services to health and social care recognising a 30-year career supporting vital public services.
Dr Anna van der Gaag, speaking about her appointment said: “Gambling-related harms are increasingly recognised as a public health issue requiring robust collective action. I am thrilled by this opportunity to join a team with such a passionate commitment to understanding and reducing harms and raising awareness of the personal and societal costs that can arise from gambling activities.”