Judges

The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards are subject to a rigorous and independent judging process by recognised industry peers.

The process takes place in three stages: first, the judges individually review the submissions in each category and score each submission; then the scores are automatically collated via an online judging platform. At the final stage the judges meet for ‘Judgement Day’ to review and ratify the scores.

At no point is GamblingCompliance involved in the judging process.

All judges are required to sign a Code of Conduct agreement requiring them to exclude themselves from any categories involving submissions from companies or individuals with whom they have a close relationship, either business or personal. Any attempt to influence the judges will result in immediate disqualification from the awards.

Meet the Judges


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BACTA, John White, Chief Executive

John White is a trade association professional having worked in industries as diverse as meat rendering to baby products and garden furniture to timber. Prior to joining the Federation of Bakers as Director in May 2000, John spent ten years in the amusement machine industry at BACTA, to which he returned as chief executive in July 2014. He believes trade associations are a vital part of the political culture and at their best are essential to good government.

 

 


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The Bingo Association, Miles Baron, CEO

Miles Baron was appointed Chief Executive of the Bingo Association and The National Bingo Game in October 2012. A former operations executive and latterly sales and marketing director, Miles spent 29 years with Mecca Bingo having joined the bingo industry as a management trainee in 1983.

Miles is a graduate of Bradford University and Leeds University Business School where he completed his Executive MBA.

 


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Deloitte, Simon Oaten, Betting & Gaming Director

Simon is a lead partner in the Deloitte, Hospitality and Gaming group specialising in the gaming sector, with experience in both online and bricks and mortar operations. Simon has worked with many of the leading players in the industry in the UK, across Europe and globally in both the private and public sector. Simon has considerable experience of audit, assurance, financial investigations, valuations, financial and commercial due diligence, market assessments, expert witness work, regulatory reviews and strategic reviews within the sector. Simon has worked as an adviser to the gaming sector for his whole career with his experience spanning the UK, Europe, North America and Macau.

 


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EASG, Pieter Remmers, Secretary General

Pieter Remmers is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He has been involved in projects with the gambling industry already since 1989. His company, Assissa Consultancy Europe, works on responsible gaming policies and programmes in a number of countries, including the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta and Sweden.

 

 


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Easyplaytime, Ron Goudsmit, Founder & European Casino Association, Honorary President

Ron Goudsmit was one of the five founders of the European Casino Association back in 2005 and was its first vice chairman. He served as chairman of the board of the European Casino Association from 2006 to 2015. In February 2015 he was appointed ECA’s first Honorary President.

In 2012 Ron Goudsmit received the ‘Totally Gaming Awards’ for ‘Outstanding Services to the Landbased Industry’. In 2013 he received the ‘Golden Dice Award’ from the leading gaming magazine European Casinos (The Elite) in recognition for his work as chairman of the European Casino Association.

 

 


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EGBA, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General

Maarten Haijer is the secretary general of the European Gaming and Betting Association, representing the leading online gambling operators licensed and regulated in the EU. The EGBA advocates consistent online gambling regulation based on fair competition in accordance with EU law. Before joining the EGBA as director for regulatory affairs, Maarten worked as the internal market and consumer protection counselor at the Netherlands permanent representation to the EU. Prior to that he held several positions in the Dutch ministry of economic affairs, dealing predominantly with EU and WTO trade policy issues.


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Gambling Integrity, Malcolm Bruce, Founder & Director

Malcolm Bruce is founder and director of Gambling Integrity and has extensive international experience advising and training on responsible gambling and consumer protection with governments, regulators and companies. His previous gambling-related roles have included director of Corporate Responsibility for Betfair and chief executive of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, where he was the project director for the first Gambleaware website and public education initiative. Malcolm speaks on gambling consumer protection and social responsibility at academic and industry conferences worldwide.

 


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iGaming Ideas, David Sargeant, Founder

David drives new products, strategy, and innovation, working as a consultant for gaming operators and product suppliers, and running an iGaming incubator. He works as an innovation consultant to gaming operators helping them with their innovation, platform and product strategy, finding new products, ideas, trends and services. His start-up incubator iGaming ideas helps sports, betting and igaming start-ups to market handholding them ‘leanly’ through the process of business strategy, product development, B2B networking, fundraising, regulation, launch, growth, and hopefully to exit. He acts as the bridge between gaming operators and the sea of new ideas.


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KPMG, Micky Swindale, Head of Advisory

Micky is head of advisory services and business development for the Isle of Man and Gibraltar offices. Micky joined KPMG as an auditor and went on to manage the accounting department, before moving to Advisory in 2003. In June 2015, she took on the role of president of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, a two-year appointment. Micky works with clients across a range of sectors but is especially focused on eBusiness – as organiser of the KPMG eGaming Summits and eSummits, she has developed extensive relationships and knowledge in the eGaming sector in particular.

 


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National Casino Forum, Tracy Damestani, Chief Executive

Tracy Damestani is the chief executive for the National Casino Forum (NCF) the sole trade association which represents all land based casinos in the UK. Responsible for responding to UK and EU Government departments and regulatory bodies on casino gambling related issues including alternative dispute resolution. Tracy represents the UK casino sector on the Gambling Commission’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) Advisory Panel for social responsibility, and is an active and founding member of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG).

 


National Council on Problem Gambling, Keith Whyte, Executive Director

Keith S. Whyte is Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington, D.C. He has over twenty years of national experience in gaming issues. Recognized widely for his work on responsible gaming and problem gambling policy, Mr. Whyte has presented in 39 US states and 21 countries. He has testified before the United States Congress four times and appeared before numerous state legislative and regulatory bodies. Keith is frequently quoted in the national and international media.

 

 


People’s Postcode Lottery, Jo Bucci, Managing Director

Jo has been chair of The Lotteries Council since November 2016, following the footsteps of the late Clove Mollett. The Lotteries Council is the body that supports a range of fundraisers who run lotteries and supports them on legal, regulatory and compliance issues. The Council represents more than 400 organisations spread across Great Britain.Jo has been the managing director of People’s Postcode Lottery, an external lottery manager, since 2007. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £221.2 million for good causes and charities throughout Great Britain. Jo takes a strategic role in the day-to-day activity of the Lottery, overseeing a team of 287. Throughout the Lottery’s development, Jo has been active in all public affairs work, lobbying to enhance the understanding of the charity lottery sector and its part in today’s big society agenda.


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PwC, Mark Jordan, Gaming & Betting Leader

Mark is a partner in PwC’s Assurance department and has more than 19 years’ experience in audit and advisory services. He has worked predominantly with technology and media clients and his clients includes both listed and private companies. Mark has worked with online gambling companies for the last ten years and he leads the Betting and Gaming practice across all lines of services in the UK. Mark also oversees the Betting and Gaming Centre of Excellence based in London, consisting of a number of industry specialists that ensure our engagement teams are up to date on latest market trends and regulatory developments and also regularly provide support to the rest of the network firms.


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Remote Gambling Association, Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive

Clive Hawkswood has been chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) since 2005. His previous roles include: General Secretary of ARGO, head of the Betting & Racing Branch at the British Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Home Office (spending time in both the Gambling Section and the Horseracing Policy Team). He is also a board member of the Responsible Gambling Trust, the British charity that raises funds for problem gambling related research, education, and treatment. He is the author of the Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising and sits on the cross-sector groups: Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) and Gambling Anti-money Laundering Group (GAMLG).

 


 

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Trust EU Affairs, Monica Monaco, President & Founder

Monica Monaco is the founder and managing director of TrustEuAffairs. Monica is a member of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP), and served as a member of the SEAP Board from May 2012 to May 2015. Monica’s areas of focus are financial services, payment systems and technology, new payments means such as mobile and crypto, as well as e-commerce.Monica has been senior manager for EU Relations and Regulatory Affairs in the Legal Department of Visa Europe for more than ten years, being responsible for the relations with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council Working Group on Financial Services, as well as with various national regulators.

 


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The European Casino Association, Per Jaldung, Chairman

Per Jaldung has been in the casino industry for 15 years. He started out in 2002 as Security Manager of Casino Cosmopol Stockholm. In 2005, Per became Casino Manager of Casino Cosmopol Gothenburg following which he took over as CEO of Casino Cosmopol AB in 2008; the position which he holds to date. In February 2015 Per was elected as Chairman of the European Casino Association (ECA). The ECA represents licensed land-based casinos in Europe, with 27 members and over 70,000 direct employees supporting local economies across Europe. The ECA’s priorities are to promote the industry and its positive contribution to economy and society, as well as working on crucial topics for the industry from anti-money laundering to responsible gambling and tackling illegal gambling.


Betway, Roger Parkes, Global Head of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Roger has been involved in the gambling industry for nearly thirty years.  He has been both regulator and operator in the on-line and off-line sectors in jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Greece, Alderney and the UK. He has also been involved in the regulatory testing of internet based gaming systems in Australia, Isle of Man and Alderney and was also involved with developing the Alderney remote gambling standards. He was awarded the inaugural Gambling Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award for Compliance in 2017. He speaks regularly at conferences on compliance and regulatory issues and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

 


UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation, André Wilsenach, Executive Director

André Wilsenach is the Executive Director of International Center for Gaming Regulation. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pretoria and worked for the University of Pretoria, Africa Institute of South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Ernst & Young and acted as an advisor to the Mandela Government.

In 1995, he was appointed to the Commission which investigated the legalisation of gambling in South Africa. During the period 1995 to 2000 he was the CEO of one of South Africa’s leading provincial gaming board whilst serving on the National Gambling Board of South Africa. In 2002 he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, a position he held until January of 2016.