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NCPG taps new leaders for advisory board
Christopher Herbert, JD, director of the gaming division at the Louisiana attorney-general’s office, succeeds Stacy Shaw as chair of the advisory board. Herbert has acted as an assistant attorney-general for more than eighteen years and has led on problem gambling awareness initiatives in the state of Louisiana.
His leadership saw the creation of the Problem Gambling Resource Services (PGRS) programme, created in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health. The new chair emphasised that he recognised the important role the NCPG has had on industry.
“The National Council on Problem Gambling is unrivalled in its efforts to mitigate gambling-related harm in our country,” said Herbert. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as advisory board chair for an organisation at the forefront of protecting our citizens.”
NCPG leadership role
For vice-chair the body nominated the senior VP of American regulatory affairs and responsible gambling at Entain, Martin Lycka. Lycka currently serves as a trustee for Entain Foundation US, a nonprofit focused on responsible gambling, sports integrity and corporate compliance.
Lycka highlighted the organisation’s historic authority on gambling harms, arguing that “the National Council on Problem Gambling is widely recognised as a nationwide leader in problem gambling awareness, education and advocacy.
“I have been very supportive of their work for years as a member of their advisory board and, as such, it is an honour to be appointed their vice-chair,” he added.
NCPG executive director, Keith Whyte, embraced the addition of the two new members.
“We are incredibly pleased to have Christopher and Martin leading the NCPG advisory board. They have both been highly engaged leaders in our field for years, and we are excited to utilise their talents and expertise in a new way.
“I look forward to working closely with the full advisory board to advance the organisation’s mission and our ambitious goals for the future.”