Dr Donna Nicholas has been announced as the Research and Evaluation Manager at EPIC Risk Management, a newly created position at the company.
Prior to joining EPIC, Nicholas acquired significant experience of research management through a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. Her appointment comes as EPIC continues to enhance its visibility across both the sports and betting landscape having recently partnered with the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA).
Her responsibilities at the independent gambling harm consultancy organisation will revolve around providing research and evaluation expertise to operational staff, and assisting with the development of effective research and evaluation strategies.
Pete Wallis, Director of Operations at EPIC, disclosed that the appointment of Nicholas reflects the progression EPIC continues to make in the field of research and evaluation.
“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.”
Boosting its research and evaluation operations as a result of the appointment, EPIC intends to leverage its new capabilities to continue to support the development of educational programmes and industry training initiatives, both in the UK and internationally.
Wallis continued: “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.
“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.”
As the latest addition to the EPIC team, Nicholas will work closely with a range of specialists working to minimise gambling related harm, such as Online Gaming and Esports Consultant Jonathan Peniket, who joined the firm in October 2020.