Sharon has held a variety of leadership and senior management roles in the non-profit and public sectors. Her background includes directing high profile international projects, campaigns and business operations. Sharon is also a qualified solicitor and became EPIC Restart Foundation's first CEO in 2021.
“I am convinced that our mission will resonate with all those who find themselves struggling to rebuild their lives after suffering the devastating consequences of crippling gambling harms. I am delighted to be leading a great team at the EPIC Restart Foundation, working with our partners to deliver innovative and creative programmes that I know will make a real difference to so many people. Together we are changing lives.”
Phil has spent most of his working life at large public sector organisations, most recently being 16 years with Bolton Council, where his experience includes stakeholder management, programme management and process improvement. Never a dull moment, this has included hugely diverse pieces of work such as service migration, the Rugby League World Cup, and the Authority’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am incredibly excited to be part of a team who have such genuine passion for making a difference to people’s lives. The opportunity to use my own lived experiences to help people flourish again is one I was very eager to be involved in. I am convinced that the Foundation’s innovative and varied support offer will provide a much needed bridge to help people be the best they possibly can be”.
Outreach Manager & Mentor
Steve had a successful career in Financial Business Support in both the Public and Private Sectors before a devastating gambling addiction overtook his life and resulted in severe life-altering consequences. A desire to understand the addiction and prevent harm to others has resulted in work with the Gambling Commission, NHS Gambling Service, Howard League, and others to raise awareness of gambling harm.
"As someone who had personally struggled with so many aspects of trying to rebuild my life after a devastating gambling addiction, I feel I am perfectly suited to fulfil the mission of the EPIC Restart Foundation to provide the tools to lead a positive life for those harmed by a gambling addiction. Lived experience provides me with the drive and determination to make a difference to those who may need it most and to support them in their ongoing recovery."
Programme Development Manager & Mentor
Richie was a keen semi-professional footballer before swapping his boots for golf clubs when he got into recovery. He has spent 20 years in the Health and Fitness industry and is passionate about improving people's quality of life and supporting those affected by gambling harm.
"I'm very excited to be part of the EPIC Restart Foundation team, having spent 18 years battling gambling addiction which also manifested itself into alcohol and drug addiction. In 2018 I found myself at my lowest point and I reached out to Sporting Chance Clinic, who gave me the opportunity to turn my life around. Since then I have been on a journey of personal development and growth. I'm hoping to use that experience to help others. I was given the opportunity to restart my life and I look forward to helping others restart theirs"
Partnerships Manager & Mentor
After a very successful career in financial services, gambling became Mark's world and led to bankruptcy, homelessness, and time in prison. Mark is now using his experience to help reduce gambling harm for others. He also works on an Experts by Experience Group advising the Gambling Commission on policy change.
"After suffering from a gambling addiction that took me on a journey of destruction and extreme lows, I am excited to be employed by the EPIC Restart Foundation to help those who have already started on their own journey of recovery. I am convinced that our team will have a positive impact on many lives in the coming months and years. To accomplish something at one time they never thought possible and to help them live without limitations will be inspirational for all to see."
Stacey has suffered with an addiction since the age of 18 that spanned for the next 8 years of her adult life, missing out on opportunities to grow and understand important things that she could have been learning throughout these years. Stacey's addiction started whilst she was just a girl, hence the alias 'the girl gambler. Stacey now supports many women going through the same reassuring them they are not alone, as women do suffer with this addiction too but can also recover and live life to the fullest once again.
‘I'm excited to begin my journey with EPIC Restart Foundation as what I've learned with the Foundation is not only so many life skills - to improve coping strategies, relationships and day to day management of my life - but it also reaffirms a message that is so important to me. I was as vulnerable walking out of treatment as I was when I walked into it, the world was now my oyster, but I had to learn how to grow and cope with life without gambling. EPIC Restart Foundation cemented my message that recovery from gambling addiction does not end at abstinence: it continues into day to day life and there IS life after gambling addiction’.