Our Management Board

Management Board

Our board consists of a team of experts in gambling addiction, gambler research, community programmes and risk/security issues. We welcome applications for new Trustees – please contact info@betknowmoreuk.org to express interest or request an application pack.

Trustees will be expected to attend 4/6 meetings a year in Central London and provide additional support and expertise on an ongoing basis. Travel expenses will be refunded.

Sarah Ramanauskas

Sarah is a Senior Partner at gamblingintegrity.com, having spent 7 years in senior roles researching gambler behaviours, first at Betfair, then William Hill and finally at a major London research agency. She now helps gambling operators ensure that their customer-facing staff can understand, empathise with, and protect gamblers. She joined Betknowmore UK to help raise awareness of gambling related harm, and also find better ways of getting gamblers who may be at risk of harm to reach out for help.

Zara King

Zara believes all people deserve the chance to live a fuller and healthier life. She has worked for nearly a decade to help companies develop and people access quality and affordable healthcare. Zara joined BetKnowMore’s board in 2018, and has a particular interest in the impact of taking steps to tackle gambling related harm on people’s everyday lives and health.

Verdeep Dost

Verdeep is an investment professional working in the infrastructure sector and has been responsible for several major projects, including the acquisition and optimization of airport and toll road businesses across Europe. He also has a background in mental health, being a long-term volunteer for Sane’s national mental health helpline.

David Matson

David Matson is an independent advisor to the leverage finance market and looks to use his knowledge and experience to be an effective Trustee for a number of charities.  He has extensive experience of lending to all sectors of the gambling industry including High Street Bookmakers and On Line Gaming Companies.  As a result he became aware of the issue of problem gambling and the need for all parties to work together to resolve the problems caused by gambling.  His aim is to ensure that an independent charity such as BetKnowMore can work with the gambling industry to raise awareness and deliver support services to help mitigate the problem of gambling related harm.

Moe Hashimi

Start Up and Business Design Specialist 

Moe believes in the potential of all people. Everything he does in concerned with supporting the expression of ideas and creating alignment from within the individual. He does this through genuine curiosity, deep exploration and an incredible obsession for progress.

He is a Start-up Specialist, a Conversation Designer and a Decision Architect, working with entrepreneurs and organisations to develop growth strategies, clear cultures and effective communication models. He is a coach and mentor, and also an investment consultant for a major player in the subsidiary market.

Having been involved in over 100 sectors, conducting business in 14 countries, Moe's connections span all 4 corners of the globe. Over the past 3 years, he has been heavily involved in the Third Sector, as an adviser for organisations such as Body & Soul, Youth At Risk, Trailblazers Mentoring, the Reasons Why Foundation, Richmond Borough Mind and UCL's Global Citizen Programme.

James Parker

James Parker is a finance professional working in the Global Markets Division primarily responsible for Risk Management. Having seen how little support people get in relation to dealing with gambling related harm, James is looking to bring his Corporate Experience to the Board  in 2018 by focusing on CSR programmes and fund raising to further support Betknowmore’s strategy.

Advisors

We are delighted special ‘Advisors’ support our work. Experts in their field, they have kindly offered to provide on-going support to help Betknowmore UK develop and deliver the very best services we can.

Erika Langham

Erika is a Lecturer in the Public Health Program in the School of Human, Health and Social Sciences at CQ University. She lectures in epidemiology, community needs analysis, health systems and health policy. Erika is a co-researcher on eleven successful gambling research grant applications, including projects developing the first summary measures of gambling related harm.

Dr Steve Sharman

Steve gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of East London where he began working in the field of gambling disorders. His research into decision-making strategies in problem gamblers started during an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Steve gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his thesis investigated cognition and decision making in both regular and pathological gamblers. Steve’s current research looks at multiple facets of gambling behaviour including pathways into gambling in treatment seeking populations, predictors of treatment outcome, the relationship between gambling and homelessness, and the effects of specific within-game constructs on gambling behaviour.

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