GambleAware Hires Raft of Top Level Employees in Major Restructuring

The charity is ramping up its efforts to prevent harm from problem gambling.
GambleAware Hires Raft of Top Level Employees in Major Restructuring
September 07, 2021

The responsible gambling charity GambleAware has announced two new high-profile appointments, as part of a major restructuring of the company. Anna Hargrave has been installed as Chief Commissioning Officer while Alexia Clifford will be overseeing the role of Chief Communications Officer

In addition to this, a number of new employees have been taken on as the organization seeks to expand its reach, and “achieve its vision of a society safe from gambling harms.”

Other new posts at the charity include a Head of Program and Project Management, a Research, Information and Knowledge Director, and a Prevention and Evaluation Leads and Fundraising & Engagement Manager.

With the creation of these new posts, GambleAware is hoping to boost its effectiveness, raise awareness, and bring about a joined-up approach to preventing harm from gambling in the UK.

Top-Level Personnel Looking to Take Charity Forward

Anna Hargrave brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having previously worked in commissioning with the NHS for 13 years. She has collaborated with various industries and government departments on a national scale. GambleAware will be utilizing her skills throughout the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service.

Hargrave spoke about her new role in the company’s recent press release: “I am deeply passionate about reducing health inequalities in the UK and minimizing the impacts of gambling harm on people and their families is a key component of this.”

She continued, outlining her aspirations for the post: “I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to share my skills of working within the health and care system with GambleAware and look forward to working with the charity and other public health agencies, local authorities and organizations to help reduce gambling harms.”

Alexa Clifford has a similarly impressive c.v.—having been Marketing Director at Public Health England. In that role she headed up several of the Government’s public health campaigns across a variety of areas, such as mental health, giving up smoking, and promoting physical activity.

Those initiatives were acknowledged as being as some of the most effective in their sphere and were credited as having changed behaviors at a macro level. GambleAware will be utilizing Clifford’s skills to help raise consciousness and compassion in relation to problem gambling.

Commenting on her appointment Clifford said: “I am thrilled to be joining GambleAware, and to play my part in delivering its vision of a society where people are safe from gambling harms. I look forward to bringing my skills and expertise to this crucial public health priority, and to leading communications and marketing programs that make a demonstrable contribution to improving people’s lives.”

Five-Year Plan for Raising Awareness

Zoë Osmond is GambleAware’s Chief Executive. As part of the press release, she also set out her hopes for what the new recruits might be able to achieve: “We are very pleased to welcome our new senior leaders, each of whom bring with them invaluable skills and knowledge in areas integral to the successful delivery of our new five-year organizational strategy.”

She added, “We are working hard to drive forward GambleAware’s new program of work which demonstrates leadership in establishing, developing, and maintaining a coordinated network of services, including the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service.”

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