GambleAware, an independent charity in the United Kingdom has announced the departure of CEO Marc Etches as Brigid Simmonds, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council makes a statement.
The announcement states that Etches will leave the position of CEO at the end of March 2021, following a successful almost ten years in the role.
March Etches shared comments on his departure and the decision to leave the role:
“It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve as CEO for nearly a decade and I am enormously proud of the charity’s development and the contribution it makes, in partnerships with others, to keeping people safe from gambling harms,” Etches said.
With the prospect of a new era of increased funding and wider commissioning responsibilities, it is the right time for the charity to find someone with the skills and expertise necessary to take it into the next stage of its evolution.”
As chief executive of GambleAware and during his tenure, he has overseen a significant increase in donations to the charity whilst liaising with members of the Betting and Gaming Council.
Etches was also in the role during the framework agreement between GambleAware and the UK Gambling Commission, which is designed to reduce problems caused by gambling using voluntary donations from the gambling industry.
Brigid Simmonds statement:
“During his tenure, the contribution from the gambling industry towards research, education and treatment of problem gambling has continued to increase, allowing GambleAware to expand the range of treatment services it provides across the UK.
That is in no small part due to the leadership Marc has offered. Although fiercely independent, GambleAware has worked closely with our members to help inform their approach to safer gambling.
I have known and worked with Marc for many years. He has been an excellent CEO.
We wish him every success in the future and look forward to working with his successor to continue the drive towards higher industry standards.”