A new inclusion board set up by the National Casino Forum can “help advise operators on how to hire inclusively”, according to the board’s chair Tracey Stevenson.

Diversity and Inclusion for Career Enhancement (DICE) is a new seven-member board, whose role will be to create greater awareness within the industry on the issue of inclusion, as well as helping operators combat unconscious bias in recruitment, retention and promotion.

The board will begin by collating data from the casino sector to assess the current employment landscape and whether operators are recruiting inclusively. It will also look at career opportunities for women and members of the BAME community within the sector and representation at management and senior management level.

Two well-attended industry workshops have already taken place, the most recent being in September, which was designed for middle management to address the issue of unconscious bias in the workplace.

Chaired by Stevenson, General Manager of Compliance and Integrity at Crown London Aspinalls, the other board members are: Mike Rothwell, Managing Director of Caesars Entertainment EMEA; Marieanne Carmody Weir, Head of Regulatory Compliance and Audit, Aspers Group; David Livermore, Compliance and Security Director, Les Ambassadeurs; Alison Sullivan, General Manager, Park Tower – Grosvenor; David Smith, Gaming Director, The Hippodrome Casino and Tracy Damestani, CEO National Casino Forum.

Stevenson expanded: “The UK’s casinos are great places to work and offer fantastic career opportunities. We want them to become known as equal opportunities employers, where everyone has the chance to progress their career, regardless of gender or ethnicity. We want casinos to reflect the communities in which they operate, not just on the gaming floor but at boardroom level too.

“DICE can help advise operators on how to hire inclusively and to understand what training and awareness is needed for staff at all levels. We will promote a positive vision of the casino sector, which will enhance how we recruit, retain and inspire our employees”.