The UK's Responsible Gambling Trust has just announced that Marc Etches will head the new body as its CEO. The Trust is a new charitable organisation that was created following the merger of the Responsible Gambling Fund and the GREaT Foundation.
The new Trust is set to be officially launched in April 2012 and will become responsible for the fundraising and commissioning roles that originally fell within the ambit of the two merged organisations. The GREaT Foundation raised funds through voluntary donations to support socially responsible gambling research, education and treatment while the Responsible Gambling Fund tackled problem gambling.
The objective of the newly formed Responsible Gambling Trust is to minimise the level of problem gambling in the UK through promoting education and prevention techniques, and the general purpose of responsible gambling.
Etches stated that he plans to continue to develop effective partnerships with a number of players within the industry including representation bodies, treatment service providers, researchers, legislators and regulators.
The Trust will be chaired by Neil Goulden who congratulated Etches on his new appointment.
The merger will take a couple of years to complete and additional staff changes will be announced in due course.