Board Member - Advisory Board for Safer Gambling

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Board Member - Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG)
Reports to: Chair, Advisory Board for Safer Gambling
Salary: £270 per day (c.2 days per month)


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

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.
- 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’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.

Before applying – please note that members of ABSG do not receive funding for their research or 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.

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.

To apply

Please upload your CV (and a covering letter if you have one) with examples and evidence of how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the criteria to the Gambling Commission’s recruitment portal. The closing date for applications is 24 February 2023. Interviews will take place on 14 and 16 March.

We hope to make an appointment before ABSG’s meeting on 25 May (TBC).

As the regulator of the National Lottery, there are some roles within the Commission that are prohibited from playing the National Lottery. This does not affect your family playing. We will let you know at interview if the role you have applied for is on the Prohibited List.

We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process.

Other organisations may call this role Elected Board Member, Director, Internal Director, or Committee Member.

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