British problem gambling support charity GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer.

Holt joins the charity from Health Education England, where he served as the London and South East finance director, responsible for a £1.2bn budget. Prior to that he was director of the Supply Chain Transformation Programme at the Department of Health, responsible for delivering significant procurement benefits to the NHS.

In his new position, Holt will initially work to prioritise the development of a long-term business plan to underpin the ongoing commissioning of the National Gambling Treatment Service, triaged by the National Gambling Helpline.

“We are delighted to have Peter join GambleAware,” said GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches. “His extensive health-related experience will further enhance the outstanding expertise we have across our growing organisation as we focus on a public health model to commission national prevention and treatment services to keep people safe from gambling harms.”

Commenting on his new role, Holt said: “Having worked in the health sector for many years, I am looking forward to working with a talented and committed team to support GambleAware in finalising a multi-year business plan, with a clear financial strategy that is focused on commissioning high quality, effective prevention and treatment services.

“This will ensure that gambling is better understood as a health and wellbeing issue, addressed through the lens of a public health model.”