The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has appointed Dr Jane Rigbye to the role of chief executive.
Dr Rigbye, a chartered psychologist and fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, brings a wealth of experience to the role following 15 years working in this professional field. This includes nine years working in several senior leadership roles at GambleAware, including her most recent position as prevention director.
Dr Rigbye has previously worked in the NHS and has contributed to research addressing many aspects of public health in gaming and gambling, including work on educational resources and effective interventions. Alongside paid roles, Dr Rigbye has also held voluntary roles, including being a trustee of a children’s mental health charity overseeing communications and fundraising, and currently as a school governor with lead responsibility for safeguarding.
The appointment signals the start of a new chapter for YGAM as it develops the next strategy which will guide the education charity through the coming years.
Mike Wojcik, chair of YGAM, said: “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 are 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.”
Dr Jane Rigbye said: “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.”
Helen Martin will continue in her new role as chief operating officer after taking on additional responsibilities during the recruitment process. Dr Rigbye will officially start her new role on January 17.