The Judges


The 8th Annual Women in Gaming Award Judges



Stella Dalton- Head of Education & Prevention at GamCare


Stella Dalton is Head of Education & Prevention at GamCare the UK charity providing advice, information and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.
Stella joined GamCare in 2008 following more than 25 years in the UK Casino Gaming Industry from Dealer through to Manager at high end London operations at the Rank Group and later in resourcing, training and organisational development.
Responsible for the progression of player protection and responsible gambling initiatives, Stella leads her team of Clinical and Industry experts at GamCare to design and deliver Social Responsibility Training, high in demand throughout the UK and Europe and GamCare Certification, a unique accreditation aimed to improve and support player protection standards.
Well known within the Industry for her knowledge of gambling and compliance across all sectors land based and remote, Stella is in daily contact with operators, regulators and industry associates across multiple jurisdictions.



Nicola Fitton – Managing Director at Betsafe


Nicola Fitton-Reynaud joined Betsafe, part of the Betsson Group, 2yrs ago and took over the role as Managing Director in July 2016. Prior to that Nicola held roles at Net Entertainment, GVC and Sportingbet. After graduating with a BA Hons in Business Management from Leeds Met University she went on to gain MCIM post graduate diploma in Marketing. Her love of business and sports led her into E-Gaming where she has worked for over 12yrs. As a Wife, Mother and Businesswoman, Nicola understands how difficult it is to balance it all, especially in a fast-paced industry like E-Gaming.



Julia Fowler – Head of Human Resources at The Ritz Club


Julia has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, primarily within the hospitality sector and has been at The Ritz Club since 2013 where she holds the position of Head of Human Resources. Working alongside all areas of the business at all levels to provide relevant HR support and to achieve departmental and overall business strategy. Julia has most recently supported the project management team in the set up and launch of The Ritz Club, The Ritz Club Online gaming platform exclusively available to existing members of the Club.


Ruth Halsall – HR Consultant


Ruth has worked in online gaming since 1999 providing a whole range of HR direction and support to various companies. She has been involved in several start-ups in Gibraltar, Malta and Asia. She has also acted as a consultant to various online gaming software providers both in UK and Europe. Ruth has mentored a number of HR personnel new to the industry and is currently working as HR consultant mostly within the online gaming community.



Angela Hooper– Administrative Officer & Executive Assistant



Since joining ALEA at its inception five years ago, Administrative Officer Angela Hooper has been a critical member of the team, becoming fundamental in the growth and success that enabled the company to launch the first VR casino, SlotsMillion. Also responsible for organising events and conference participation, Angela’s self-confessed obsession for detail and her obvious calm demeanour continuously prove invaluable when it comes to the chaotic madness these shows can generate.


Kelly Kehn – Principal Consultant, Kelly A. Kehn Consulting Ltd


Kelly Kehn has been in iGaming senior management since 2012. She’s led teams and brands through regulatory changes, migrations and rebrands as well as held leadership roles in marketing, operations, management and sales. In 2016 she formed Kelly A. Kehn Consulting Ltd., a consulting firm dedicated to helping companies grow their business and improve corporate governance through recruitment, retention, mentorship and empowerment of women. Her mission is to demonstrate to corporations the invaluable benefit of gender diversity through measurable results and revenue growth.



Lois Rice – CAE, Executive Director for the Colorado Gaming Association

Lois has served as the Executive Director for the Colorado Gaming Association since January, 1997. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of professional and trade association management, primarily in government affairs, education and media relations.
Ms. Rice has undergraduate and masters’ degrees from the University of Colorado Denver in Public Policy and Political Science and in 2009 was awarded the “Outstanding Graduate Study Award” from the Colorado City & County Management Association and the Colorado Municipal League for her research project on state funding mechanisms for gambling addiction treatment.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado, the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, and is past president of the Colorado Society of Association Executives. Under Ms. Rice’s leadership, the Colorado Gaming Association has received awards from the American Gaming Association and the American Society of Association Executives for its communications and public service efforts.




Paris Smith – CEO at Pinnacle Sports


Paris Smith has been CEO of for over 10 years. Pinnacle’s core USPs in sports betting are its market leading odds, high limits and the fact that they welcome winners rather than exclude or restrict them. A veteran in the industry, Paris started in 1995 in Antigua and has been part of the evolution of the industry. Her experience and ability to produce world class teams has allowed her to succeed in this very competitive market. Pinnacle, founded in 1998 has always been at the forefront of innovation and product excellence. The reputation for integrity as continued not just for player security and delivering value, but also to the important integrity of the sports themselves. Pinnacle is at the forefront working with key organizations to ensure that the enjoyment of the game is not compromised. Pinnacle was the first bookmaker to take a bet on eSports in 2010. Seven years on (and having recently taken the 5 millionth eSports bet) Pinnacle is undoubtedly the market leader in the field. This was recognized by the industry with the EGR eSports Operator of the Year Award in December 2016. Paris lives and works on the island of Curaçao where Pinnacle is headquartered.




Christina Thakor-Rankin – Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd


Christina has over 25 years’ experience in the betting, and gambling industry. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era, she has a career spanning land, internet and mobile, covering all aspects of gaming operations, holding senior roles with some of the world’s best known brands (including William Hill and Virgin) responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products and customers, including regulatory compliance and money laundering.

She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the betting, gaming and gambling cycle – from market research and analysis, to licensing and compliance, products and marketing, project management and business strategy, to full operational set-up and customer engagement.

She remains an active Compliance Officer and MLRO, non-Executive Director and Board member, and regularly contributes to industry publications and events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Politics, and a Master’s degree in Classics.


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