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John Gilham

Hi, I'm John Gilham. As an affected other, I also see my role as helping to explain more clearly, the impact that gambling harm has on family and friends of those suffering from gambling disorder.

My Story

Ten years ago, I never thought I would be taking on a role to help increase awareness of the risks and harm associated with gambling.


Now I am an affected other as a consequence of my son Chris, one of Gambling Harm UK's founding Trustees, having suffered from gambling disorder.


Since the end of October 2017, he has been on his journey of sustainable recovery from gambling disorder, and I have been on my journey.


This journey has enabled me to learn so much, and I only wish I had known then what I know now.


Having acquired this knowledge and the coping skills necessary to manage my own life, I am passionate about helping businesses and individuals to understand how they can reduce potential harm to themselves.


I believe my lived experience, combined with my career background within the healthcare sector as a Chief Executive and, more recently, in a non-executive capacity, provides me with a unique set of competencies and skills to help others.


Having chaired Audit, Finance, Performance, Quality and Risk committees, I can relate gambling risk and impact to each of these areas.


Looking at the combined knowledge and skills of the wider Gambling Harm UK team, I can already see how it can help businesses reduce risk whilst improving their employees' well-being.


During the last seven years, I have also established a network of contacts across a number of charities and service sector agencies that support individuals in their recovery from gambling disorder.

I was pleased to be appointed to the role as CEO of the charity between September 2022 and December 2023 and led the development of the charity's work at an Integrated Care System Level within Essex. During this time I also establish a strategic model for this work based on Creating Connectivity, Developing Capability and Maximising Capacity.


Having retired from the CEO role, I am now volunteering for the charity as its System Lead and as a Honorary Trustee. In this role I will continue to look at how the charity can best fit within this sector so that we can all deliver our combined goal, which is to prevent avoidable harm from gambling.

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