GambleAware announced on Friday morning that Marc Etches will step down at the end of March 2021 as chief executive of the charity’s gambling addiction prevention and recovery service.
The decision will see Etches complete a decade-long leading GambleAware, a charity that was turned into the main commissioner and convener of services committed to mitigating and preventing gambling harms across the UK under his leadership.
Etches is credited with developing a collective commitment to public health to tackle problem gambling and its addictions complexities, gaining crucial funding from NHS, mental health departments, local authorities and voluntary sector organizations.
Kate Lampard CBE, releasing a statement on behalf of the Government of GambleAware, said: “It has been a pleasure working with Marc over the past four years and he has taken the charity from strength to strength.
“As a result of his hard work, GambleAware has developed the expertise and sustainability to continue to deliver and work with partners across the healthcare spectrum to prevent and protect against gambling harms. I look forward to continuing this important work with a new Chief Executive next year.”
Expanding GambleAware activities and finances, Etches led the charity’s dramatic rise in donations, winning a pledge of £ 100 million from licensed operators through its partnership with the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).
A revised GambleAware currently retains £ 40 million in grant support under active control, while the organisation aims to grow the “National Gambling Treatment Service” with NHS members across England , Scotland and Wales.
Commenting on his departure, Marc Etches also said: “It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve as CEO for nearly a decade and I am enormously proud of the charity’s development and the contribution it makes, in partnerships with others, to keeping people safe from gambling harms.
“With the prospect of a new era of increased funding and wider commissioning responsibilities, it is the right time for the charity to find someone with the skills and expertise necessary to take it into the next stage of its evolution.
“I want to thank the Board of trustees and the entire staff team at GambleAware for their hard work and commitment to the charity’s purpose as well as for their magnificent personal support of me.”
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