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bacta's Officials

bacta's management committee report to the National Council, steer the organisation and represent the views of the membership to stakeholders.

They are elected from the membership via the Divisions and Annual Convention.

The Management Committee in 2017 comprise of:

Gabino Stergides, President

Gabino Stergides was born in 1981, the same year the Bar X was released, and since then has grown up in arcades and the amusement sector.

Upon leaving school Gabino attended the University of Nottingham where he graduated with a BSc bachelor's degree (2:1 with honours) in economics: specialisation in statistics and game theory. He followed this up with an MSc IT master's degree with Honours, in IT and computer science, specialising in user interface design and computer programming which led to his first project - internet blackjack in 2003.

After University Gabino was headhunted to join a fast growing technology company called MessageLabs, later purchased by Symantec/Norton antivirus virus, in their commercial department where his technical, commercial and language skills were put to the test. Gabino eventually lead the team developing the European mainland business and within 18 months had risen to the role of head of business development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (excluding the UK and Germany). His day to day role changed over the years and ranged from dealing with small family businesses to large corporations such as Central banks, government departments, large corporations and was seconded to IBM, BT, VERIZON, MCIWORLDCOM during this time.

After the purchase of Symantec Gabino took some time off to travel the world and practice his languages (English, Greek, Russian, Italian, French and Spanish).

In 2007 Gabino joined Electrocoin to take a more active day to day role, gaining experience in all aspects of the business from Videogames and Redemption machines, AWPs in the UK and abroad, liaising with developers, compliancy and the Gambling Commission. Most recently he has led the development and sales of the Bar X Tablet System and Electrocoin's upcoming server based B3 compendium, whilst at the same time having taken over the family AGC in north London.

During his time at bacta he has sat on Mancom as Chairman of Division 3 (where he successfully worked as a team with Jason Frost, bacta's past President). Gabino was elected as President of bacta in March 2017 and is Chairman of the Social Responsibility working group.

James Miller, Vice President

Chris Haley, Treasurer

Chris Haley was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, qualifying in 1993.

After training with Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants, Chris moved to a small private practice before choosing to join the gaming machine industry as the Finance Director of Dransfield Novelty Company Limited in 1996; Chris became the Managing Director of Dransfields in 2012. Dransfields is a large privately owned supplier of gaming and amusement equipment to private members clubs and public houses throughout Great Britain.

Chris has sat on the Division 2 Committee for over 10 years and has been on National Council for over 3 years. He maintains a close interest in gaming machine taxation matters and was at the forefront of the ultimately successful, bacta supported, Category B3A machine dispute with HMRC.

James Miller, Division 1 Chairman

Greg Wood, Division 2 Chairman

Elizabeth Speed, Division 3 Chairman

Elizabeth is an English qualified solicitor and the Group Legal Counsel for Novomatic UK. She was a partner in international law firm Eversheds, before leaving to join the industry in the form of the Noble Group in 2006, with particular focus on the AGC and FEC business.

In 2014 and following the acquisition of the Noble arcade business, she moved to Novomatic UK which also includes the Talarius AGC business in its stable as well as other stalwarts of the industry on the manufacturing and distribution fronts.

Elizabeth has sat on the committees for Divisions 1 and 3 for 7 years and has been on National Council for 7 years. She is a particularly active member of bacta's Social Responsibility Committee and proud of how members have led the way on SR matters. She has a special, and perhaps unsurprising, interest in gambling regulation.

Dean Harding, Division 4 Chairman

John White, Chief Executive

John White is a trade association professional having worked in industries as diverse as meat rendering to baby products and garden furniture to timber.

Prior to joining the Federation of Bakers as Director in May 2000, John spent ten years in the amusement machine industry at bacta, to which he returned as Chief Executive in July 2014.

He believes trade associations are a vital part of the political culture and at their best are essential to good government.