Responsible gambling group appoints new chairman

Responsible gambling group appoints new chairman

Monday, January 4, 2016 Totally Gaming
John Hagan is to replace Barry Hardy

John Hagan, a gambling law specialist, has been appointed as the chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG).

Hagan, a founding partner of the gambling law firm Harris Hagan, will lead the group, which was formed last year by the UK gambling industry’s five main trade groups to promote social responsibility.

Hagan, who is the deputy chairman of gambling charity GamCare and is an officer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of International Masters of Gaming Law, said that he is looking forward to carrying on the work of predecessor Barry Hardy.

“I am delighted to be asked to ‘take up the baton’ from Barry Hardy and to continue the excellent work with the IGRG team,” said Hagan. “IGRG has recently been incorporated, demonstrating the commitment from its members to continue to work together as a single body on shared key projects from their social responsibility agenda.

“Barry has clearly been a key force in the operation and successes of IGRG and this is demonstrated in the high profile it enjoys within the gambling sector, with operators, social responsibility organisations and regulators alike. I intend to carry on the good work as we move in to 2016.”

The IGRG is comprised of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), British Amusement Machine Association (BACTA), The Bingo Association (BA), National Casino Forum (NCF) and Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

Hardy added: “Selecting the right candidate to lead the five key gambling associations in Great Britain has been a thoughtful process. The five chief executives from the trade associations set a brief to find a high calibre individual with gambling knowledge and expertise, combined with a key focus on our social responsibility agenda.

“The five chief executives concurred that John provided an excellent fit for this profile and are delighted with John’s acceptance of the chairman position.”

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