Drawing on his 12 years of experience within financial services, he is able to offer his clients a crucial insight into the hidden risks they face, while offering pragmatic and innovative solutions.
Paul regularly makes media appearances to discuss the financial, legal and regulatory risks that problem gambling can have within the workplace, and is now recognised as the industry’s leading gambling harm minimisation expert.
Eventually, at the age of 27, Scott attended the Sporting Chance rehab clinic and has been clean from a bet since June 8th 2015.
Since leaving the clinic, Scott has attended a number of professional football clubs to deliver education seminars on addiction, to share and to give feedback on how gambling ruined his career. Scott is now using his experiences as the newest member of EPIC's team - predominantly across the 72 clubs of the English Football League (EFL) and other sports.
Scott now plays in the Conference South National league for Slough Town F.C. where he is finding his love for the game once again. His former clubs include Reading, where he plied his trade in the Sky Bet Championship and then moving onto Wycombe Wanderers, Crawley Town, Bristol Rovers, Oxford United and Aldershot Town.
The mist has lifted and he has gained some insight into the nature of the condition that was keeping him so unsettled for such a long time and the impact it has had on his life and that of his family.
A need has developed within him to share his journey with young people and their parents and who may be experiencing similar difficulties and is excited at the prospect of what lies ahead.
He is grateful for the opportunity to fracture some of the isolation that comes all too often with gambling addiction and many others manifestations of addictions.
The first step in change is acknowledging that there is a problem, and what that problem is.
Issues around gambling and low-self-esteem are often so ingrained that we are not even consciously aware how they shape who we are and how we see ourselves.
This is why he believes it is important to share his story and experience as this can provide the identification needed in order to change and inspiring people to have the courage and confidence to reach out for help.
Pete joined EPIC from Sky Betting and Gaming, where he led the development of their Safer Gambling training which included material covering customer interaction, dealing with self harm, recognising vulnerability and the creation of their enterprise-wide elearning package.
Prior to joining the industry, Pete served in the Army for 21 years. During this time he trained as an engineer and then latterly as a teacher and training expert and has served all over the World.
With qualifications in law, project management, Lean Six Sigma and a Masters in Educational Practice and Innovation (specialising in eLearning), Pete brings an excellent blend of experience and knowledge to the business.
He joins EPIC from The Rugby Players' Association where he was responsible for the delivery of the RPA Personal Development Program alongside lifestyle and welfare support to professional rugby union players at several premiership clubs. John brings with him a wealth of experience in a number of sectors across the world having spent time working in Hong Kong and Australia.
A communications graduate from Griffith University in Australia, John has continued his professional development with qualifications in coaching, mentoring and leadership. Having also coached rugby union to international, national and grass roots level across the world John brings a unique and valuable skillset to the business.
At the age of 16, Mark had a life changing event, which resulted him developing a dysfunctional way of dealing with stress. It was at this age Mark also placed his first bet.
Mark developed a crippling gambling addiction that lasted 13 years. This had a devastating impact on his life.
At the age of 29 Mark attended Gordon Moody Association and has been clean from gambling since. Mark placed his last bet July 24th 2013.
Mark went on to volunteer at Gordon Moody and it was here he developed a passion for preventing others from taking the path he did.
Mark has since gone on to be the co-founder of Whysup with his close friend, Liam McBride, who is also a recovering addict.
Utilising lived experience Whysup focus on prevention and awareness and work in several different sectors which include, education, sport and business.
Epic and Whysup have now formed a shared collaborative approach to combat and reduce gambling related harms.
Mark believes this partnership will ensure more people are educated and gambling is made safer.
Mike joined EPIC from Sky Betting and Gaming, where he worked in the sponsorship team leading on their title partnership of the EFL. As well as working alongside EPIC on the delivery of the responsible gambling education programme to all 72 EFL clubs.
He has a wealth of experience working in the sporting industry, working across various sports in a range of different roles. Mike will bring an excellent blend of experience and knowledge to the business.
Claire reports directly to CEO Paul Buck to make sure projects, processes and people are working efficiently.
Previously Claire worked in education for many years and earned a BEd (Hons) degree from The University of Wales.
Daniel has successfully completed his Level 3 BTEC Business Admin Apprenticeship and as such, was promoted internally into and IT and Administration role. Alongside his full-time employment at EPIC; Daniel is also an Apprentice Ambassador, working to inspire and engage other young people into considering an Apprenticeship.
Daniel is also an F.A Referee, Level 5 and has achieved the accolade of Young Referee of the Year in the Warrington and District Football League.
On my first year of education in the UK I received the award for the most improved and excellent attitude of learning, on my second year the award for the best business student and on my third year the Principal’s award for the overall student of the year. During my second year at university, I attended a CIMA business game and I have been invited to attend a CIMA focus group to discuss the future of finance. I’ve also volunteered to represent the Finance department at the UCFB taster days and did speeches regarding my time at UCFB and answered questions about the course I’m studying. . I write a monthly article for the Finance Newsletter at my university discussing different football events or transfers and I have completed the Smith and Williamson Financial Education course as well.
Alongside my Research job, I am also a maths and business private tutor for school, college and university students and a sales advisor for Fanatics at the Manchester City official store.
Act with Honesty & Integrity
We are open, honest and consistent
If we can help you then we will. If we can’t help you then we will tell you that we can’t
We build trust by doing what we promise
Commit to Social Responsibility
We report our social impact on an annual basis
We commit financial support, and time, to organisations directly affected by gambling related harm
We improve lives by combatting problem gambling, the world’s potentially must destructive addiction
Provide Customer Service Excellence
We know we are the best and we demonstrate it consistently
We put the client at the heart of everything that we do
We involve our clients at every stage of the process and listen to what they really need
Collaboration with Industry Leaders
We bring together specialists in all areas of problem gambling
We will ensure our clients receive expertise from industry leading specialists
We have the support of charities, regulators, and industry experts across the UK and the rest of the world.
Our Mission Statement
To take the problem out of gambling by delivering high quality education and risk management consulting to organisations in the highest risk sectors.
Who we have worked with
Some words from our clients
”We’d like to thank and recommend the guys at EPIC. Both players and staff walked out of the workshop with an insight and understanding into the scale of gambling addiction. The instant impact which the stories carried, backed up by the questions asked are definitely a recipe for a positive approach to how this is managed within the CFC academy. We all look forward to working with you again next season (May 2017)Jack FrancisHead of Lifestyle and Mentoring
”Working with EPIC and Paul Buck has been one of the best decisions we could ever take. EPIC gave amazing eye opening training sessions last November at our offices that got everyone impressed and wanting to do more! Through Paul's excellent knowledge and expertise, we can really take consumer protection to a new level through innovative projects. It is an honour to be working with such a brilliant team.Maris BonelloIntegrity Analytics Manager