In this meet the team article, we hear from Rob, our eGaming Compliance Officer in the Isle of Man.
With a 20-year police background, Rob oversees regulatory compliance at Affinity. Passionate about e-gaming and crypto, he values teamwork and community initiatives and unwinds with circuit training.
What does your day-day role at Affinity involve?
In my day-to-day role here at Affinity, I am responsible for overseeing a number of operators and making sure they are adhering to the laws and regulations. This includes monitoring regulation in e-gaming across multiple jurisdictions, analysing our position in the sector, keeping up with regulatory changes or developments and highlighting opportunities in the sector. I also monitor any AML/CFT changes and inform the relevant person/s by regularly meeting with group heads of compliance and other departmental members.
What led you to this career?
Having worked as a Police Officer for almost 20 years and latterly in the Economic Crime Unit, I knew the time was right for the next career step. I had always shown an interest in e-gaming, funding my own ICA courses. I then joined the Gambling Supervision Commission, where I worked for 18 months before joining Affinity in July 2022.
What skills are you currently working on?
Working within this sector, it has become more apparent that cryptocurrency is being utilised more and more, I do have a basic understanding of this subject, but I feel that I need to study more on this subject and will be looking to sign up for courses.
What’s your go-to tea or coffee order?
Every morning has to start with an Americano!!!
What is the best thing about being part of the Affinity team?
I find the Affinity office a very relaxed and friendly environment; although there can be stressful times and deadlines to meet, we all work together so well and get the job done. There are so many benefits given by Affinity, and the social side is something I am new to, but it is great for everyone to socialise together.
What has been your favourite social or Wellness Committee event so far?
2 weeks after joining Affinity a summer party was held in Port Erin, and this was my favourite social event so far at Affinity. We did a beach clean and walked to Foraging Vintners, where we were all treated to food and drink for the day and night. Some staff even went swimming !!!!
What have you seen recently that has made you smile?
Affinity has partnered with a company called Streetwise and Conscious which works with a charity for the homeless called Coffee4Craig. Watching some videos of the work put in made me smile and the connection we have with them. A number of staff members purchased a hoodie which in turn generated some StreetSaks for persons who have unfortunately found themselves homeless.
What is your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
After a busy day, I like to attend a circuit training session. It’s a great way to release the stresses of the working day.
If you could add one thing to the Affinity office, what would it be?
If I could add just one thing to the office, then this would be to fit meeting pods. These could also be utilised as a recreational area also.
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