It is with shock and great sadness that we report to HLA members the sad passing of our good friend and colleague Anna Mathias – Director of the Lotteries Council, lottery regulation Lawyer, long-time legal advisor to the lottery sector and advocate for lottery fundraising in the UK.

Anna died over the weekend and leaves behind her fiancé and family.

In between her own successful legal career, Anna has provided long term legal advice to the Lotteries Council and the HLA, attending and presenting on her specialist subjects at numerous conferences. Using her knowledge of lottery regulation and her own positive attitude, she has influenced many in the sector and provided high quality legal advice on all aspects of gambling to so many in the fundraising lottery area.

Add to this her vivacious and wonderful love of life, she was such a great person to share a drink or just to spend a few minutes chatting to at many of the sectors events. A warm and truly lovely lady, whose impact will be missed enormously.

Anna’s fiancé Vivian has asked that any donations be directed to Diabetes UK.

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