EPIC Risk Management hire research expert Dr Donna Nicholas

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EPIC Risk Management today announced that Dr Donna Nicholas has joined the company in the newly created role as Research Manager, effective immediately.

Dr Nicholas’ role will see her provide research and evaluation expertise to EPIC Risk Management’s operational staff and develop effective research and evaluation strategies to support the company wider strategic goals and objectives.

Dr Nicholas brings an incredible amount of experience to the role having worked in social impact evaluation roles in both the public and private sector.

On her new role, Dr Nicholas said: “This is an exciting opportunity to help the organisation more effectively demonstrate the impact it continues to have in minimising gambling-related harms. EPIC has a strong ethos and set of values working in the harm-minimisation environment and I’m delighted to join such a passionate and talented team.”

Research continues to support the development of EPIC’s educational programmes and sector-leading industry training, both in the UK and internationally and this hire of Dr Donna Nicholas is reflecting the progression EPIC continue to make in this field according to Pete Wallis, the Director of Operations.

“EPIC has been conducting innovative and effective work across a wide range of sectors for several years. We are now at the stage in our growth where we feel we have the experience to contribute to the wider gambling-related harm research agenda more strategically.

“Everyone at EPIC is passionate about making sure fewer people’s lives are damaged by the negative effects of gambling. Together, learning from lived experience, academic research, and rigorous evaluation of our educational programmes, we can ensure the organisation is maximising its impact at the individual, community, and societal levels.”

Wallis added: “Dr Nicholas’ addition to our team is a significant one for us in that regard and we are delighted to be able to call upon someone with her expertise and experience in the field of research.”

EPIC Risk Management has built a reputation as a global leader in gambling-harm prevention, having worked across 23 countries delivering industry-leading education and awareness provisions in reducing gambling-related harm. We continue to be committed to discussing issues around harm prevention, player protection, destigmatising issues around problem gambling and continue to reiterate the importance of education and awareness.