Speculation earlier this week in the Racing Post that Remote Gambling Association chief executive Clive Hawkswood had decided to step down was confirmed Friday by the veteran online gambling trade association executive, who revealed that he plans to depart early next year after 14 years at the helm.
He will assist the organisation in its search for his successor.
Hawkswood was appointed in 2005 and has wide experience in promoting the industry and its policies on the international stage, at the same time leading the association in its initiatives to improve standards of operational and moral conduct, respect for responsible gambling tenets and acceptable behaviour in civil society.
He has been instrumental in significantly increasing the membership of the RGA and advancing its international agenda and reputation at the highest levels of business and government, and in the introduction of ground-breaking safe gambling projects such as the Gamstop national self-exclusion scheme in the UK.
It is not yet known what Hawkswood’s future plans are.