As an independent national charity, GambleAware is registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and follows the Charity Governance Code to ensure best practice.
GambleAware understands the need to generate widespread trust and credibility in the charity's independence and integrity, particularly in view of the investment of both fundraising and commissioning functions in a single, industry-funded body. GambleAware has put in place robust governance arrangements including:
- Appointing wholly independent trustees
- Inviting the Government, the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) to observe GambleAware board and committee meetings
- Publishing details of how funds will be distributed each year guided by the RGSB's three-year rolling strategy as endorsed by the Gambling Commission
- Ensuring research is commissioned via an independent Research & Evaluation Committee in consultation with the RGSB
- Following the research commissioning and governance procedure, which describes how research priorities are identified, and research projects commissioned, through the tripartite agreement between the RGSB, GambleAware and the Gambling Commission.
- Seeking advice from external experts in collaboration with the RGSB.
GambleAware develops its commissioning plans in collaboration with the RGSB and the Gambling Commission. The RGSB is the Gambling Commission's independent adviser and is responsible for generating an independent, unbiased, evidence-based national strategy. These arrangements are underpinned by an 'assurance and governance framework' agreed between the three parties and rely on openness, transparency and partnership to deliver results. The framework was published in August 2012.