Name: Deborah Roil
Job title: Director of Development & Stakeholder Liaison
How long have you worked at Victoria Gate Casino?
I first began working for Victoria Gate Casino back in 2012 when I was one of the original team of four people that put together the bid for the Large casino licence. I worked on the development and launch of VGC and I have been part of the Casino’s Executive Committee since its inception, pre-opening, in 2016.
Please explain your current role at Victoria Gate Casino:
I am a member of the Executive Committee with particular focus on development and stakeholder liaison. I organise the Leeds Responsible Gambling Forum and oversee adhoc projects within the casino such as the Apprenticeship Scheme.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety – and having a strategic overview across the entire business.
What do you enjoy about working at Victoria Gate Casino?
I still get a buzz walking through the doors of the casino and seeing the reality that we have planned and worked on for seven years now, being delivered. I am very proud of what we have created at VGC and of the customer experience and level of service that the VGC team provide. Our staff are engaged and passionate and it is great to see the results of that being delivered on a daily basis.
Do you have any role models, either in the industry or outside?
There isn’t one single person I would point to, but it is encouraging to finally see more women holding senior positions within the casino industry, and in the public and private sectors generally.
3 words that best describe you:
Committed, supportive and enthusiastic
Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul – Niccolò Machiavelli
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I have a young family and my leisure time is somewhat limited! However, I have a real passion for history and when I can I enjoy watching programmes and reading books about history, as well as visiting historic places – an easy thing to do in the UK where there is so much choice!