The National Casino Forum held an all-day workshop to encourage operators to bring more women into the boardroom.

Forty per cent of the 14,000 staff directly employed by UK casinos, and around 30% of senior managers, are female, but there are very few women on company boards. Tracy Damestani, chief executive of the NCF, last year delivered a presentation to the European Casino Association, which has members in 26 countries, outlining the need for more boardroom representation across the industry.

She commissioned The Portas Institute, a management consultancy, to hold the workshop, which helped operators understand the barriers preventing women from becoming board directors and equip them with strategic solutions to overcome them.

The Portas Institute promotes long-term change by setting out a roadmap for change, involving every level of the business from the executive team downwards. They identify the business case for change, set goals and create delivery teams to execute the plan.

The workshop took place on March 1 at the Institute of Directors and was attended by several operators. We are looking forward to our second workshop which will take place on Tuesday 25th September.

Tracy Damestani said: “I know many operators are keen to encourage women onto their boards. I hope this will be the catalyst for change. I’d love to see the casino sector in the vanguard of reform within the gaming industry, setting an example that others follow”.