Would you like the opportunity to lead the development and delivery of an External Affairs strategy and have a lasting impact on the issues surrounding gambling related harm?

Appointment of a Head of External Affairs

Gambling with Lives (GwL) has had a remarkable impact on the discourse surrounding the risk of gambling since it was established in 2018. Prior to GwL’s contribution there was little to no mainstream recognition of the link between gambling and suicide. The charity’s founders have become central to the case for gambling reform and were instrumental in campaigning for the review of gambling legislation in the UK which was announced at the end of 2020.

The campaign and the charity’s broader development are now at a critical and exciting juncture, which makes the role of Head of External Affairs a fantastic opportunity.

Reporting into the CEO, the purpose of this newly created role is to develop and deliver an external affairs strategy, aimed at influencing the reform of gambling legislation and regulation in the UK and of promoting GwL’s programmes. This will involve building on the charity’s existing leadership role in advocating for reform, supporting the creation of a research and policy function to underpin the advocacy strategy, and developing and delivering high-impact communications.

We are looking for someone with experience of working at a senior level in a campaign or policy environment, with excellent knowledge of the workings of government at different levels in the UK, and with experience of delivering high impact communications across a range of channels.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a start-up environment, and to create a role with the backing of a charity that has access to substantial resources. We are looking for a Head of External Affairs who shares our passion and determination for the work we are doing. If you want to play a leading part in shaping the future of GwL, then we would be delighted to hear from you.


Gambling with Lives was established in 2018 by the families and friends of people who had taken their own lives as a direct result of gambling. These were all very normal, bright, popular and happy young people who had great futures ahead of them … gambling was their only problem.

Their deaths were sudden – “out of the blue” with no warning. They were not the result of massive gambling debts; rather what gambling had done to their hearts and their heads.

Research indicates that there are between 250 and 650 gambling related suicides every year in the UK … a minimum of one every working day.

​Gambling with Lives aims to:

  • Improve mental health and save lives through raising awareness of the risks to health of gambling
  • Provide support to the family and friends of the victims of gambling related suicide and those suffering gambling addiction

How to apply

Eastside Primetimers is supporting GwL in recruiting for this role. Please download the candidate information pack for further information before you apply. Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements.  Please send applications to bernice@ep-uk.org. If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Paul Venning p.venning@ep-uk.org to arrange a convenient time.

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th Feb with shortlisting telephone or online interviews taking place that week and the week after.  Interviews with GwL will take place week commencing the 1st March.

We would look favourably upon candidates who are experts by experience of either gambling related harm or suicide.  GwL is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.


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