Steve Watts is the founder of independent gambling charity GamFam and an experienced senior education professional. Through GamFam, Steve delivers tailored programmes in schools to educate the whole school community on the dangers of online gaming and online gambling.
His knowledge and passion for supporting and educating local communities led Carolyn Harris MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm, to become a trustee of the charity, despite GamFam’s relative youth.
Steve has worked in education for over 15 years across a number of senior leadership roles and over the course of the last 7 years, has been a Deputy Headteacher at a secondary school in Essex.
Through his own lived experience of dealing with a son who developed a gaming addiction which escalated into a gambling disorder, GamFam now helps families recognise the early warning signs associated with an online gaming addiction and how this could possibly lead to a child developing a compulsive gambling disorder.