The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), the watchdog established by the UK’s main gaming industry trade associations, has announced that John Hagan will become its new chairman next year, replacing Gala Coral non-executive director Barry Hardy.
Hagan is the founding partner of specialist gambling law firm Harris Hagan, and has advised many of the world’s largest gambling companies, as well as governments and trade associations.
He is an officer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and deputy chairman of the UK’s leading problem gambling charity GamCare.
Hagan becomes the IGRG’s third chairman since its foundation by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB); the British Amusement and Catering Trade Association (BACTA); Bingo Association (BA); National Casino Forum (NCF) and Remote Gambling Association (RGA) in March 2014.
It was originally chaired by RGA chief executive Clive Hawkswood, who stepped aside in September 2014 after Hardy agreed to assume the position.
Outgoing chair Hardy said that selecting the right candidate to lead the UK’s five key gambling associations had been “a thoughtful process.”
“The five CEOs from the trade associations set a brief to find a high calibre individual with gambling knowledge and expertise, combined with a key focus on our social responsibility agenda,” he explained. “The five CEOs concurred that John provided an excellent fit for this profile and are delighted with John’s acceptance of the chairman’s position.”
Hagan said of his new position: “I am delighted to be asked to ‘take up the baton’ from Barry Hardy and to continue the excellent work with the IGRG team. IGRG has recently been incorporated, demonstrating the commitment from its members to continue to work together as a single body on shared key projects from their social responsibility agenda.
“Barry has clearly been a key force in the operation and successes of IGRG and this is demonstrated in the high profile it enjoys within the gambling sector, with operators, social responsibility organisations and regulators alike,” Hagan continued. “I intend to carry on the good work as we move in to 2016.”