Gambling industry charity GambleAware has announced Peter Holt’s appointment as its new Chief Financial Officer, who will work to build the long-term business strategy of of the company.
Holt, who previously held the position of Health Education England’s London and South East Finance Director, will be responsible for allocating the £ 1.2bn budget of the charity.
As part of the charity’s long-term business development plan, Holt will work to support the ongoing commissioning of the National Gambling Treatment Service, triumphed by the National Gambling Helpline.
GambleAware Chief Executive, Marc Etches, commented on the new appointment: “We are delighted to have Peter join GambleAware. His extensive health-related experience will further enhance the outstanding expertise we have across our growing organisation as we focus on a public health model to commission national prevention and treatment services to keep people safe from gambling harms.”
Holt’s position at the HEE included creating a financial strategy to ensure long-term financial health, allowing HEE to continue investing in workforce preparation and education for physicians, nurses and associated health professionals.
He also played a role in developing a new national tariff for health, both regional and national, serving on the national tariff board of the Department of Health.
Holt was director of the Supply Chain Management Program during his tenure with the DoH, ensuring that the NHS received significant procurement benefits.
Holt’s tenure with the NHS and the DoH is hoped to supplement GambleAware’s trustees ‘ knowledge and leadership with respect to public health, NHS, and prevention and treatment services commissioning.
Holt’s history also reflects the ongoing relationship between the organisation and the NHS and other public health authorities to ensure that gambling is considered an important issue for safety and well-being.
This partnership is demonstrated by the identification of GambleAware as a main partner for NHS England and NHS Improvement in developing a total of 15 new NHS specialist problem gambling clinics by 2023/24 in the recently published NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019-24.