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Board members - Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG)

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£270 per day (c.2 days per month)
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Board members - Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG)

The Gambling Commission is seeking to appoint 2 new members of ABSG. The successful candidate will help ABSG to advise the Gambling Commission on its regulation to prevent harms and protect consumers.

The Benefits:

- Salary of circa £270 per day (c.2 days per month)
- Flexible working

Candidates will have experience of:

- Research into safer gambling and methods of harm prevention
- International gambling studies
- Research into risks associated with different gambling products and practices

The preferred candidate will have experience of:

- Inter-disciplinary work on gambling related research projects
- Publishing peer reviewed research on gambling related issues
- Demonstrable academic credibility and impact nationally and internationally

We welcome candidates who bring international expertise, and we will consider how we can be flexible to involve non-GB-based candidates into the work of ABSG.

Experience of working on other executive or advisory boards in the public, voluntary or private sector is desirable.

Overview of ABSG

ABSG provides independent advice to the Gambling Commission on issues related to safer gambling and prevention of harms to inform regulation. Its advice is based on expertise and insights from academia, research, and other relevant disciplines inside and outside of gambling.

The scope of ABSG’s role includes:

- Helping the Commission deliver an evidence-based approach to gambling policy and its regulatory approach articulated in the new Corporate Strategy.
- Helping the Gambling Commission access and translate insights from the wider academic research community to inform its regulatory role.
- Helping the Gambling Commission to build networks and contacts within academia and other areas of professional expertise which are relevant to harm prevention.
- Contributing to the Commission’s horizon scanning capability and recommending priorities for future research to inform regulation.
- Helping inform policy dilemmas where research evidence is lacking or ambiguous.

ABSG is provided with secretariat support by the Gambling Commission. ABSG’s terms of reference and examples of its previous advice to the Commission can be found below:

Terms of reference for the ABSG - Gambling Commission
Advice and Publications - Gambling Commission

ABSG’s values are:

- integrity - we are honest, we listen to others and consider carefully diverse views
- transparency - we are open
- excellence - we are committed to high standards
- collaborative - we work with others to reduce harm

Conflicts of interest:

Members of ABSG are subject to a conflicts of interest policy and code of conduct. Further details of this can be found below:

Conflict of interest policy - Gambling Commission
Code of Conduct for the ABSG - Gambling Commission

Before applying – please note that members of ABSG do not receive funding for their research nor other activities directly from the gambling industry or currently via voluntary contributions from the gambling industry. We recognise that the debate on funding sources is evolving, and we respect those academics who have maintained a different view. ABSG’s position on optimal structures for funding for research is set out below:

Advice to the Gambling Commission on a statutory levy

Time commitment:

The time commitment is expected to be up to two days per month on average. This includes attending six ABSG meetings per year and engaging on thematic issues via workshops, working groups and reviewing and commenting on relevant advice papers. Meetings will be predominantly online, with in-person meetings held once or twice a year. We are happy to accommodate to different time zones.

Application Support - using the Portal to apply for the role of ABSG Board Member:

GC recruitment team have updated the job advert to remove the requirement for uploading your CV to the portal. Instead please proceed with the application online by completing the questions in the portal. The questions around employment history replace the requirement for a CV however you can still send a copy of your CV to

You have the option to upload a Cover Letter to support your application but this is not mandatory as you will be asked to provide your supporting statement within the questions provided.

There were previously questions related to LEAP that have now been removed from the portal, if you have already started your application and these questions are still visible you can type ‘Not Applicable’ in these sections.

If you are an international candidate you can select ‘yes’ in the right to work section as candidates will be assessed on a case by case basis.

DBS checks – if you are an international candidate you may not be required to complete a DBS check however please select ‘yes’ for the application process to be completed.

Interviews will take place from week commencing 24th June 2024.

For further information

- For information on the Gambling Commission, visit their website.
- For information on ABSG, visit our website.

If you have any further questions or would like a discussion to find out more before you apply please email, Expert Groups, Gambling Commission.

So, if you'd like to join us as a Board Member, please send your CV to Please also complete the application and upload you Cover Letter to the portal by clicking ‘apply’. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit.

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