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GamCare CEO Anna Hemmings exits charity

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Safer gambling charity GamCare has announced that its chief executive Anna Hemmings has exited the charity after five years with the organisation.

Hemmings led the charity through both the pandemic and the Gambling Act review and recently succeeded in obtaining new funding agreements.

The safer gambling charity highlighted a number of accomplishments that Hemmings achieved during her time. These included the establishing of stronger traditional and new digital channels, a diversified education and support offering and an enhanced role of lived experience within the organisation.

According to the charity, Hemmings also succeeded at extending the charity’s reach so that it could achieve a greater impact.

“​The board would like to thank Anna for her hard work during her tenure and wishes her all the very best for the future.” 

“An enormous privilege”

Hemmings said it had been “an enormous privilege” to work in the charity over the past few years.

“In that time, GamCare has changed in so many positive ways that mean that tens of thousands more people who need support are reached than five years ago,” she said.

“However, I feel the time is now right for me to move on and explore pastures new and I can be confident that I’m leaving the organisation well-equipped for a successful future.

“I’m very proud of both the services and the staff and culture at GamCare and I would like to thank all my amazing colleagues and the phenomenal network of stakeholders for their dedication and support during my time as CEO.”

The GamCare chair of trustees, Margot Daly, added: “Anna has led the charity with great thought ​and has been a true champion of those with gambling issues. She leaves GamCare in a stronger position and has ensured that more people than ever before have been​, and can now be,​ helped.

Following Hemmings’ exit, Daly has moved into an executive role while the hunt for a new chief executive is underway.

The chair of the UK industry trade body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), Brigid Simonds OBE, thanked Hemmings’ for her “excellent work and stewardship as CEO of GamCare”.

 “Her extensive experience of change management was central to GamCare’s expansion of its excellent services beyond the helpline to setting up treatment services across the UK,” she said.

“Everyone at the BGC wants to thank Anna for her hard work and dedication and we all wish her the very best for her future endeavours.”

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