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New CEO for Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Wed, Mar 20, 12:45pm by Staff Writer

A new chief executive officer has been appointed for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, announced the appointment of Shane Lucas as Victoria’s new chief executive officer for the Responsible Gambling Foundation.

His appointment follows what Mirage News describes as an extensive national executive search and recruitment process undertaken by the Foundation’s Board between November 2018 and February 2019.

Mr Lucas has held senior management positions in the non-government, government and private sectors since 2000.

He served as the chief executive officer of Early Learning Association Australia from 2013 to 2017 and was most recently a full-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Between 2011 and 2016, Mr Lucas was an Advisory Board Member of Deakin University’s Master of Public Policy program.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University and a Diploma in Migration Law from Victorian University.

He is a graduate of the Victorian Leadership Development Centre and a Williamson Fellow of Leadership Victoria.

Mr Lucas commenced in his role as chief executive officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation last Monday, taking over from interim chief executive officer Janet Dore, who led the Foundation for the past five months.

Ms Dore will continue with the Foundation until the end of March to ensure a smooth transition to the new leadership.

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is a statutory authority created by the Victorian Parliament that specifically addresses the challenges of gambling harm in the Victorian community.

The Foundation was brought into effect by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Act 2011.

Their mission is to, “improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians by working with our communities and government to deliver effective, evidence-based initiatives and innovative approaches to prevent gambling harm and provide support for those seeking help,” according to their website.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said, “Mr Lucas has a strong track record of program delivery, establishing innovative partnerships and developing strong stakeholder relationships in a career at the highest levels of the public and private sectors.”

“We look forward to working with Mr Lucas to further strengthen and enhance the Government’s approach to reducing and preventing gambling harm in Victoria – his appointment is a great outcome for the Foundation.”

“We’d also like to thank Janet Dore for her dedicated leadership of the Foundation over the past five months, with her work ensuring that Mr Lucas is best able to hit the ground running from day one,” Ms Kairouz said.

Crown questions responsible gambling practices

The James Packer-owned Crown Resorts is proposing to make its directors more responsible for oversight at its Melbourne casino after a state government investigation found the gaming giant was failing to monitor and intervene in problem gambling.

According to The Brisbane Times, officials from the Victorian gambling watchdog met with Crown brass at the Southbank casino last month.

The watchdog confirms that Crown had submitted a program of reforms designed to “fully engage” its independent directors in proactive strategic oversight at the nation’s biggest casino.

The annual meeting between Crown executives and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) was the first since the regulator completed its wide ranging five-yearly review of Crown’s suitability to hold the states sole casino license.

The report backed Crown to continue operating, but the report outlined a raft of shortcomings and stressed the need for Crown to make improvements to its governance and management in order to meet its commitment to being a leader in responsible gambling practices.

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