GambleAware Concludes Exec Search After Zoë Osmond’s Promotion

After announcing that Zoë Osmond will be promoted as the new CEO of the gambling prevention charity, the board of GambleAware has concluded its executive search.

Currently the Communications and Engagement Director of GambleAware, Osmond will replace Marc Etches, whose term as CEO ends in March.

Impressive results

GambleAware underlined the impressive results of Osmond in spearheading the multi-million pound safer gambling and recovery initiatives of the organisation, expanding the support network of the charity around the UK.

Perfect candidate to lead GambleAware

In addition, Osmond was branded as the perfect candidate to lead GambleAware, actively promoting to government, media, academia and larger business partners the treatment and behavioural dynamics of problem gambling.

Kate Lampard CBE, Chair of GambleAware said: “In the past two and a half years that I and trustees have worked with Zoë, she has demonstrated to us that she fits the criteria we are looking for perfectly.

“Her knowledge and experience of GambleAware means she can hit the ground running, something that is of particular importance when starting a leadership role during a pandemic.

“Zoë has demonstrated her ability to work with a wide range of subject matter experts and her experience of transforming a charity, building businesses, and leading change will be instrumental in taking GambleAware to the next stage in its development.”

National Advertising Benevolent Society

Osmond held the position of Chief Executive of the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), a charity that helps people working in the media and advertising industry, prior to heading GambleAware’s national media campaigns.

As CEO, Osmond will be charged with overseeing the distribution of the £ 40 million ‘central fund’ of GambleAware to national partners battling injury, treatment and prevention of problem gambling as well as offering more educational services.

2005 Gambling Act’s generational review

2021 will see GambleAware participating in the 2005 Gambling Act’s generational review by the government to build the best industry codes that protect national customers, minors and at-risk audiences.

Osmond said: “GambleAware is at an exciting moment in its history, and over the past 10 years, Marc Etches has done a phenomenal job in leading the charity to this point.

“It is a critical time for the gambling sector and the recent pledge of up to £100 million from the gambling industry means this is a significant time to shape and drive forward GambleAware’s vital work and develop its own expertise.

“I am excited by the prospect of transformation and the opportunities now available to GambleAware to work with other organisations to prevent gambling harm and I look forward to taking on the challenge.”