Our people

Employees

Will Prochaska, Gambling with Lives
Will joined the team as Gambling with Lives’ CEO in May 2020 and moved to the position of Strategy Director in February 2022. Prior to joining the charity, Will was a Management Consultant specialising in providing strategic advisory services to clients across the private, public and third sectors.
Will Prochaska Strategy Director
Jon Dawson, Gambling with Lives
Jon has worked in the youth and community sector for almost 20 years, including 11 years managing an operations team in the delivery of services to young people. Jon joined us in February 2022 from a Chief Operating Role at a national child protection charity.
Jon Dawson Director of Operations and People
Nick Harvey, Gambling with Lives
Nick joined Gambling with Lives after working as an international journalist and then leading communications teams at Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde) and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Nick leads our external communications and campaigns.
Nick Harvey Head of External Affairs
James Grimes, Gambling with Lives
Using his own experience of gambling disorder, James founded The Big Step – a campaign to end all gambling advertising and sponsorship in football. James also oversees our education programme, including leading delivery in England.
James Grimes Head of Education and The Big Step
Judith joined Gambling with Lives in 2022 following a 15-year career in the NHS. Specialising in mental health and addiction, Judith is a registered mental health nurse and oversees our family support service, supporting bereaved families.
Judith Williams Head of Family Support and Community
Laura is a UKCP registered Systemic and Family Psychotherapist. Laura is responsible for developing the family support service and keeping bereaved families at the heart of what we do. Laura also provides therapy and managed freelance therapists.
Laura Pattison Head of Support
Barry Fennell, Gambling with Lives
Barry is responsible for the delivery of our education programme across Northern Ireland. As an experienced youth and community facilitator, Barry is also leading on our community engagement work collaborating with teachers, sports clubs, and community leaders to raise awareness of gambling harms.
Barry Fennell Programme Manager for Northern Ireland
Emily Beck, Gambling with Lives
As an experienced events manager, Emily is responsible for organising and executing a wide range of events – including our education programme – and engaging with our community.
Emily Beck Events and Education Manager
Tom Fleming, Gambling with Lives
Tom joined Gambling with Lives following a career in travel publishing. He is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of our external affairs strategy, which is aimed at influencing the reform of gambling legislation and regulation in the UK.
Tom Fleming Communications Manager

Trustees

Liz Ritchie, Gambling with Lives
Liz is a retired psychotherapist who worked in the NHS for many years. She co-founded Gambling with Lives with her husband Charles after their son Jack took his life in 2017. She is a member of the NICE committee on Gambling: Diagnosis, Identification and Management.
Liz Ritchie Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Trustees
Charles Ritchie, Gambling with Lives
Charles co-founded Gambling with Lives in 2018 with his wife Liz after their son Jack took his life seven years after starting gambling while still at school. Charles has a strong research background, having been Head of Higher Education Research in the Civil Service.
Charles Ritchie Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Trustees
Tim’s commitment to Gambling with Lives stems from his son’s friendship with Jack Ritchie. He brings experience in planning, governance and general management from his career as a Director in the NHS in Sheffield and is also a trustee at Age UK Sheffield and Voluntary Action Sheffield.
Tim Furness Company Secretary
David Campbell, Gambling with Lives
David is an FCA-accredited chartered account with a wealth of professional experience, including 25 years spent as a partner at Grant Thornton UK. He is also Chair of Trustees at Age UK Sheffield and a current board member of Sheffield District Society Chartered Accountants.
David Campbell Treasurer
Pete Keogh, Gambling with Lives
After the gambling-related suicide of their son Lewis in 2013, Peter and his wife, Sadie, have been passionate advocates for gambling reform. Peter had a successful career in educational publishing, and is now GwL’s lead spokesperson for NI-related issues.
Peter Keogh Trustee, Northern Ireland
Smriti Singh, Gambling with Lives
Smriti joined the board in 2021. For a number of years she has worked at senior levels delivering change programmes for a range of organisations within the health and care sector. She is passionate about making healthcare more responsive and transparent.
Smriti Singh Trustee
Greg Challis, Gambling with Lives
Greg has been involved with Gambling with Lives since the outset, and brings a wide range of professional experience to the board, having worked as a journalist and later in the public and community sectors for over 40 years.
Greg Challis Trustee
Leroy is Professor of Management at the University of Exeter and has worked with a wide range of clients including DHSC, health authorities and trusts, the BBC and the voluntary sector. His research interests include strategic partnerships, management practices and large group decision making.
Leroy White Trustee