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The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust has confirmed the appointment of Dr Jane Rigbye as their new chief executive, following the departure of previous incumbent and founder Lee Willows in October 2021.

The appointment is lauded as signaling the start of a new chapter for the charity, as it looks to develop “an ambitious strategy for the coming years”.

Helen Martin will continue in her new role as chief operating officer after taking on additional responsibilities during the recruitment process, ahead of Rigbye officially starting the new role on Monday 17 January.

Rigbye explained: “I’m incredibly proud to be joining YGAM during an exciting period of growth. For many years, I have observed and admired the important work the organisation delivers, so I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the team into the next strategic cycle. Prevention of gambling and gaming harm is more important than ever.  

“I look forward to working collaboratively to deliver the impact that can be achieved through education.”

Rigbye, a chartered psychologist and fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, is praised as bringing a wealth of experience to the role following fifteen years working in this professional field. 

This includes nine years working in several senior leadership roles at GambleAware, which comprises her most recent position as prevention director.

Mike Wojcik, chair of YGAM, commented: “I am delighted to announce this exciting appointment and welcome Dr Jane Rigbye to the charity. Her knowledge of the fields of harm prevention is exceptional and her achievements in this sector are outstanding. 

“Dr Rigbye has the leadership qualities and vision to take YGAM to the next level. The board of trustees is looking forward to seeing what our new chief executive and our talented team can accomplish together in our mission to educate and safeguard future generations.”