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Pro Sport Advisory Board

About the board

EPIC’s Pro Sport Advisory Board (PSAB) is made up of international player protection and welfare experts from across the elite sporting landscape and gambling sector with the purpose of safeguarding the interests of professional sports stars, coaches, football staff and match officials from the risk of gambling related harm and integrity issues.

The main purpose of the Board is to use the respective member’s expertise across gambling, gaming, esports, integrity, athlete welfare and lived experience to guide EPIC’s wider strategic goals and objectives to minimise gambling harm in elite sport.

Meet the advisers

Caryl Banks

Manager of the Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF), NFLPA

Adam Brickell

Public Affairs Director, Flutter UK&I

Steve Emberson

Head of Integrity Intelligence & Education, Genius Sports

Jack Francis

Academy Manager (9-16), Chelsea FC Academy

Clint Hangebrauck

Clint Hangebrauck

Managing Director of Enterprise Risk Management, NCAA

Marcus Horan

Player Development Manager, Rugby Players Ireland

Rachael Jankowsky

Head of Player Care and Wellbeing, Chicago Fire

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Senior Personal Development Manager, PCA

Mike Riley

Head of Refereeing, Irish Football Association

White Paper

Gambling Harm Prevention in Sport Review

Following on from a 12-month period of investigation and discussion, the PSAB released their findings and recommendations in a White Paper at the Gambling Harm Prevention in Sport Summit at Wembley Stadium in February 2023.


White Paper Testimonial

“EPIC and Ms. Anca-Maria Gherghel have written and produced an extremely valuable and timely report focusing on gambling harm in sports and athletes. This issue is front of mind for anyone working with the gambling industry, mental health or sport organisations. It is an excellent summary of the literature combined with a clear and cogent presentation of the most critical issue related to gambling and sport. Most importantly, clear and concise recommendations are laid out as a roadmap that can and ought to be used to address this global and dynamic issue.”

Timothy W. Fong, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour at UCLA, Co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP)

Gambling Harm Prevention in Sport Summit

Over 100 executives and welfare professionals from across elite sport gathered for our first Gambling Harm Prevention in Sport Summit at Wembley Stadium.

Delivered in conjunction with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport, the event was the launch pad to present the findings of the White Paper.


Summit Testimonials

“It has been fascinating. One of the powerful things is that personal testimony of lived experience, and you saw the faces of people around the room when Scott [Davies, former EFL footballer who experienced problem gambling] was talking.”

Summit Attendee

“It really made things come alive and you could understand that perspective. When you then go to socialise over drinks, people talk about it with enthusiasm, and they’re thinking ‘how in my world can I now go away and make a difference?’ and EPIC are right at the heart of that.”

Summit Attendee

“Talking with EPIC and understanding how their expertise and experience could come in and educate a whole generation of match officials is a really powerful thing for us to do.”

Mike Riley
Managing Director of the elite match officials’ group, PGMOL and former Premier League and FIFA referee.

Pro Sport Advisory Board News

Pro Sport Advisory Board Objectives

Reduce gambling and gaming harm across all professional sport

Explaining and sharing best practice between sports and organisations

Leading innovation in gambling harm and prevention

Apply a joined-up approach with our education programmes & strategy

Creation of messaging to better inform sports and esports stars

Feed into and inform National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

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