James Miller, newly elected National President of Bacta, will launch a busy month for the association when he meets with Gambling Commission chief executive Neil Mcarthur and the Commission’s executive director Tim Miller,at Bacta House on Thursday 6 June.
The meeting is the first of three high level appointments Bacta has scheduled for the month and precedes meetings with chairman of the Conservative Party and member of parliament for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis MP (10 June), former gambling minister, and member of parliament for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch MP (18 June), followed by a request from the office of current gambling minister Jeremy Wright MP to meet with his special adviser, Alex Jackman, which is scheduled to take place on 21 June.
Bacta chief executive John White, who will attend all three June dates, believes the importance of maintaining a high level of engagement with policy makers and regulators has never been greater.
He stated: “Political representation is about maintaining a dialogue with all relevant stakeholders in order to explain the issues as they impact Bacta members and the implications of following certain policies or strategies. We operate in an evidence based environment and we are always happy to be given an opportunity to provide an empirically based context to our arguments.”
He added: “While our discussions with the Commission will naturally focus more on policy detail, we also hope to share our vision for the broader development of the industry in particular our seaside agenda which we will be officially launching on 16 June. The industry makes a huge contribution to tourism in the UK and is a pillar of seaside economies throughout the country. The Great British seaside holiday is an experience shared by millions of families throughout the generations and is something that Bacta and its members are immensely proud to be a part of. I know that Brandon Lewis is in tune with the needs of his constituents in Great Yarmouth, many of whom are directly or indirectly employed in the hospitality, attractions and amusements sectors at what is Norfolk’s premier beach resort and which has a very strong representation of Bacta members.”