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YGAM brings in Rigbye as new chief executive

| By Robert Fletcher
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has announced the appointment of Dr Jane Rigbye as its new chief executive.

Rigbye will begin her new role at YGAM on 17 January, replacing Lee Willows who stepped down as CEO at the end of October 2021.

A chartered psychologist and fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, Rigbye will join YGAM from the GambleAware charity, where she spent nine years working in a number of senior leadership positions.

This included her most recent role as prevention director, prior to which she was director of education and director of commissioning.

Before joining GambleAware, Rigbye served as assistant director of commissioning for the Responsible Gambling Trust and also had a spell as a trustee for the Think Children charity.

“I’m incredibly proud to be joining YGAM during an exciting period of growth,” Rigbye said. “For many years, I have observed and admired the important work the organisation delivers, so I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the team into the next strategic cycle. Prevention of gambling and gaming harm is more important than ever. 

“I look forward to working collaboratively to deliver the impact that can be achieved through education.”

YGAM chair Mike Wojcik added: “I am delighted to announce this exciting appointment and welcome Dr Jane Rigbye to the charity. Her knowledge of the fields of harm prevention is exceptional and her achievements in this sector are outstanding. 

“Dr Rigbye has the leadership qualities and vision to take YGAM to the next level. The board of trustees are looking forward to seeing what our new chief executive and our talented team can accomplish together in our mission to educate and safeguard future generations.”

Helen Martin, who stepped into the role of chief operating officer and took on additional responsibilities during the recruitment process for a new chief executive, will remain as COO.

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