harman is the Chairman for global insurance group Aviva and was appointed President for GamCare in June replacing Andrew McIntosh, who passed away last year.
Speaking at GamCare’s 14th annual conference, which featured the theme of Extending Partnerships, Sharman also spoke about why he was pleased to lead the group and how he became convinced that it could do more.
“We in GamCare are clear about what can be achieved and we have set ourselves a new and challenging target,” said Sharman. “Our aim is that by 2015 all adults who choose to gamble and all teenagers and their parents, should know how to gamble responsibly and everyone affected by gambling should have and know how to get access to information, advice and locally-delivered treatment.
“We believe our vision and aims are shared by the industry, by GREaT and by Government. Most importantly, their realisation will benefit everyone who is adversely affected by gambling which has got out of control.”
Sharman’s optimism was shared by other speakers at the annual conference including Neil Goulden, Chairman for GREaT and Dominic Harrison, Chief Executive Officer for sport and leisure industry representative Business in Sport and Leisure. His views were also endorsed by John Penrose, Tourism and Heritage Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, who stated that he was ‘pleased to see’ that the gambling industry and charities were ‘rising to the challenge I set’ of establishing a system for encouraging responsible gambling, identifying and reducing risks and helping people affected by gambling.