Nick Harding

Chairman GBG

Nick, 59, Senior Advisor to the Gauselmann Group in the UK has over 35 years’ experience in the gambling sector, having worked in a number of senior positions for Coral, Bass Leisure and Rank Group before leading the MBO of the RAL business from Rank in 1996. RAL Limited became the leading operator in the AGC sector, with 129 venues, and in 2004, this was sold to Talarius plc with Nick becoming CEO. Over the next two years, the business grew to over 200 venues together with an integrated and proprietary online business. This was sold to European Gaming Limited in 2007.

In September 2007 he established Praesepe plc as an AIM listed company mandated to acquire going concern businesses in the European low stake high volume “gaming sector” and in five years grew the business from a cash shell to operating 180 gaming venues (including the UKs largest Bingo club) employing over 1800 people.

In 2012 the Praesepe business was sold to the Gauselmann Group.

Nick is a past President of the trade association BACTA and sits on the advisory panel of the UK PG support charity Gambleaware. He was a Director of Business in Sport and Leisure, and is a Director of the UK Bingo Association.   He was also the founding Chairman of iGGBA, the UK’s first interactive gaming association. He has been Chairman of the Gambling Business Group (UK) since its inception in 2013.