EPIC Risk Management Appoints Les Murray as Managing Director

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EPIC Risk Management has appointed experienced business transformation expert Les Murray as its new managing director.

Working closely alongside Founder and CEO Paul Buck, Murray will be helping the organisation to maximise awareness of its education programmes and thought leadership in gambling harm prevention at a time when it has just launched both a US subsidiary, EPIC Risk Management US, PBC and the EPIC Risk Management Pro Sport Advisory Board. The latter is the first body to bring together leaders from around the world of professional sport and eSports in order to find ways of preventing and reducing gaming and gambling harm within those sectors.

EPIC has recently announced a four-year education programme with the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) to deliver projects for the benefit of both male and female professional cricketers within the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) system, as well as projects in major sports leagues, corporate institutions and both state and private schools or colleges.

Murray brings experience as a consultant, coach, and facilitator to the organisation, having worked with numerous large blue chip institutions to achieve growth or expand their global reach.

Murray led business transformation programmes as a Director with Collinson Grant, Chairman at Vistage UK, served as Business Development Director for Littlewoods, and a Director with PwC/IM in the consulting services division.

Commenting on his appointment, Murray said he was excited and privileged to take on the role:

“Demand for EPIC Risk Management’s life-changing training and consultancy services has continued to grow during Covid-19.

“I join a uniquely talented organisation established by Paul Buck, and built by the Senior Leadership Team, which increasingly pivots towards international markets. I am honoured to now shape and help lead this socially driven and commercially sustainable business on its future growth journey.

“The work on reducing gambling-related harm has never been more important with the Gambling Act Review in the UK, the acceleration of sports gambling across the US, coupled to enquiries for our support from leading organisations around the globe. I’m excited to get started and look forward to contributing to the high impact work EPIC delivers on helping to take the problem out of gambling.”

EPIC Risk Management Founder and CEO Paul Buck said: “In a field of exciting, high calibre candidates, Les stood out for his undoubted track record of taking organisations to the next level through consultancy and coaching, identifying their strengths and helping them to realise their potential.

“His previous clients have included numerous FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 multinationals, so with our work expanding on an increasingly global level, his experience will be vital in helping our organisation to spread the vital message of how to minimise gambling related harms.

“Les’ warm character is a perfect fit for our organisation, which puts an undoubted focus on the people who work for us and alongside us, and I look forward to seeing the longer-term benefits that his expertise will have on all of those individuals as we establish new projects and break new ground with the territories in which we’ll be delivering.”

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