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Warwick Bartlett is the founder and lead partner of GBGC. He has been the chairman of The British Betting Office Association (BBOA) since 1992, Chairman of Racing Data plc a co-operative that provides live betting results, and prices via satellite to European betting shops.
He is Chairman of the Bookmakers Committee to the Horserace Betting Levy Board and is the only bookmaking member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board. He is an advisor to the Government of Malta on electronic betting. He has been a bookmaker in his own right since 1966. He brings to the consultancy considerable experience in the off-course betting industry that has been regulated in the UK since 1963.
Initially Simon prepared a submission to the Treasury on behalf of the British Betting Office Association (BBOA) for the 36th Levy Scheme in 1996. Since this time he has developed a sophisticated economic model for the industry that assesses the impact of change on the industry. Simon has been involved in all of the subsequent BBOA Levy submissions and General Betting Duty (GBD) to the Treasury.
In addition he worked closely with Tyndallwoods solicitors in 1999 on a joint submission on behalf of the National Association of Bookmakers, the Scottish Independent Bookmakers? Association and the BBOA to the Home Office regarding the re-constitution of the Bookmakers? Committee to the Horserace Betting Levy Board. Since 1996 Simon has sat as an independent advisor on the Bookmakers? Committee and was a member of both its 39th Horserace Betting Levy Scheme and GBD working parties. Simon graduated with a 2:1 honours degree in Accountancy, Finance and Economics from the University of Essex in 1988.
Following a year with Ernst and Young Simon spent 2 years as Sports Supervisor at the University of Essex Sports Centre. He was awarded an MSc in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Sheffield in 1992, earning a distinction for his dissertation, which assessed the economic benefits Sheffield gained through continuing to stage major events at World Student Games Venues. UK Sport has now adopted this work?s methodology as the industry standard. During 1993 Simon attained both the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management?s Certificate and Diploma qualifications.
Professor Topham has had substantial experience in the area of strategic and management consultancy throughout his career. In 1986 he originated the management consultancy division of Salford University Business Services Limited (SUBSL), and was a deputy managing director of SUBSL for nine years, which had a turnover of �10 million.
In 1995 he helped raise finance for the establishment of the center for the study of gambling and commercial gaming at the University of Salford. He was appointed the first director of the center in January 1996, and retained his chair in economics at the University of Salford. Professor Topham established a degree in business economics with gambling studies, and recruited the first students in October 1996. And all the major casino companies now support the postgraduate certificate in casino management, launched in 1998.
Research: Side betting & the national lottery. Submitted to Applied Statistics; see also The Times, 11 January 1999. British Casino Association, Rank, and the Gaming Board. Casino attendance, profitability, and revenue in permitted areas. 1998. British Casino Association. Imposition of gaming duties in 1998 budget. London Clubs International. Economic benefits of casinos: South Africa. 1998 States of Alderney. Design of regulatory regime for offshore and Internet deposit betting. 1999 Coral Racing Limited. Offshore betting. Current project. Business in Sport & Leisure: Economic value of gaming and gambling in the UK. Part of KPMG team. Current project.
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