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Paul Bellringer OBE

Paul Bellringer OBE 

Paul first became interested and involved in the social impact of gambling through becoming the probation liaison officer for Gordon House, the specialist residential hostel for problem gamblers. He left the probation service in 1990 to set up and run the UK Forum on Young People & Gambling and combined this work with that of a youth development officer with Youth Clubs UK (now UK Youth).

In April 1997 he founded and launched the national charity GamCare that operates the national gambling helpline, counselling and training services, and remained its Chief Executive until stepping down in December 2003.

In January 2004 Paul formed his own consultancy company, Responsible Gambling Solutions Ltd. His contracts included an appointment as a Specialist Advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee that examined the draft UK Gambling Bill, work for the National Lottery Commission, and advising the Gambling Commission.

Other former gambling posts included Secretary and then Chairman of the Society for the Study of Gambling between 1998 and 2010, and for many years he was a trustee of Gordon House which subsequently became the Gordon Moody Association.

In May 2014 he stepped down after a five year stint as a member of the national Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.

Paul remains a non-executive director of the not for profit organisation IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service).

Paul has written and had published one book, Understanding Problem Gamblers, a number of booklets including those addressing young people and gambling, many articles and papers and both created and contributed to educational material relative to the social impact of gambling.

In January 2015 Paul became the first Patron of Gordon Moody Association. 

 

 

Phil Silver

Phil Silver 

Phil Silver, having pursued a career in the Metropolitan Police, is now Head of Compliance with BACTA, the trade association representing the pay-to-play leisure industry in Great Britain. He is also an advisor on the National Gambling Helpline and a trainer of the Gambling Act 2005's legislative requirements and licensing conditions. Phil was Trustee of Gordon House and then Gordon Moody Association for a decade providing loyal support and expertise to help the charity achieve its purpose. Phil retired from the Board in November 2015 and accepted the role of Patron in order to continue to help us as an Ambassador and adviser.

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