Nazir Badat, former COO of Global Banking and Markets at HSBC has joined gambling addiction charity, Gordon Moody as its new Chair of Trustees
Badat joins the Gordon Moody Board alongside eight trustees. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial services at Morgan Stanley, UBS, and HSBC.
Gordon Moody figures reveal that applications for their treatment were up 123% last year, showing a positive narrative in people seeking help. But there’s still a long way to go, with research showing that 1.4 million people in the UK are currently experiencing harms from their gambling, and for every person that accesses support, up to 160 others who could benefit, do not get the help they need.
Nazir Badat said: “I am honoured to join Gordon Moody at this moment in time, where we are seeing more people come forward to seek help and get treatment for their gambling addiction. This shows not only a shift in perceptions within the community but also progress that more people are recognising they need help. As Chair, I will support the Gordon Moody team at such a critical time. I will focus on the smooth running of the charity as it expands and support the move to create greater awareness of gambling addiction. I want Gordon Moody to lead and champion the discussion on treatment and rehabilitation options and reassure people it is never too late ask for help.
“My goal is that we will reach all parts of the community, to help people to reclaim and rebuild their lives free from gambling addiction in safe, supported environments by providing the most effective therapies, intervention and counselling possible. The time for change is now, and I want to play my part in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the UK to rebuild their lives.”
Mathew Hickey, chief executive officer, Gordon Moody added: “Along with the rest of the Gordon Moody team, I am delighted to welcome Nazir as our new Chair of Trustees and I would also like to express our sincere thanks to our departing Chair, Lindsey Hayes who has worked tirelessly to advance our cause over the past seven years.
“We are very excited to work with Nazir and move forward with our mission to provide the most innovative gambling therapy in the UK. Nazir’s experience of working across a wide range of organisations and communities will be a huge asset to Gordon Moody and his energy for achieving social change is exactly what we need right now.”
“I am looking forward to working with Nazir as we develop our strategy to be effective in a post pandemic world, keeping in sharp focus our goal of helping people to reclaim and rebuild their lives free from gambling addiction in safe, supported environments by providing the most effective therapies, intervention and counselling possible.”