Chairman Goulden to depart RGT charity

Chairman Goulden to depart RGT charity

Monday, January 18, 2016 Totally Gaming
Neil Goulden has headed the RGT since it was launched in 2011

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) is on the lookout for a new chair following the announcement that Neil Goulden is to retire.

Goulden, who has held the position since the charity was launched in 2011, said he felt the “time is right to step down” and that he was “proud” of the RGT’s performance during his time in charge,

In a statement, the RGT paid tribute to Goulden by saying that annual fundraising now exceeds £6.5m (€8.5m/$9.3m). It added that his contribution has helped the RGT to “improve confidence in the commissioning of treatment services, positive engagement of industry in research and harm prevention, and improved understanding of the role and brand-value of GambleAware”.

“After five years as chair of RGT, I feel the time is right to stand down,” said Goulden, also a former chief executive and chairman of Gala Coral. “Following a baptism of fire in 2011, I am proud that RGT has grown into a financially and operationally stable charity that does exceptional work in minimising gambling-related harm.

“The new chair will inherit a strong financial position, an ambitious five-year plan and an exceptional executive team. I will watch with interest the continued positive evolution of the harm minimisation agenda in the gambling sector.”

RGT’s senior independent trustee, Professor Jo Wolff, will lead an open and transparent process to appoint a new chairperson, with Goulden continuing as chair of the board of trustees until a new chair is in place.

Marc Etches, chief executive of the RGT, added: “Neil has been an outstanding chairman, who used his widely respected position within the industry to establish a universal commitment by operators to funding voluntarily research, education and treatment which addresses gambling-related harm.”

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