Sir Geoffrey de Deney 1931 – 2015

Sir Geoffrey de Deney 1931 – 2015

It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of Sir Geoffrey de Deney KCVO whose funeral was held on 14 December 2015 in London. Sir Geoffrey was a longstanding trustee of Gordon Moody Association (and before that Gordon House) and led the charity as Chairman for many years until his retirement in November 2012.

Geoffrey was dedicated to helping those who found themselves in difficulties with problem gambling and committed time, energy and resources to helping them recover from addiction and to turn their lives around. He provided intellectual rigour as well as emotional and practical support to the staff team and his fellow trustees in the furtherance of the charity’s mission.  In the late 1980’s he began working alongside the founder Reverend Gordon Moody and then carried on the good work for a further 25 years.

His distinguished career in the Home Office culminated in his appointment as Clerk of the Privy Council from 1984 until 1992 and on his retirement he devoted much of his time and expertise to our charity – for which we will always be grateful. He, along with fellow trustees (including our Patron Paul Bellringer OBE), identified the need for services beyond the residential treatment which Gordon House provided and helped to create Gamcare, a charity formed in 1997, which offers a helpline and counselling services to anyone concerned about their gambling.

Problem gambling remains a devastating concern for many individuals and their families and the effectiveness of the support services available today owe a great deal to the efforts and contribution of Sir Geoffrey de Deney. He was a kind, considerate and thoughtful gentleman who cared about the well-being of the staff as well as the clients they serve. It was an honour and a privilege to work with him.  

Elaine Smethurst, Managing Director

January 2016

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