UK Gambling Commission on the hunt for new CEO

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The UK Gambling Commission is looking for a new CEO after Sarah Harrison revealed she will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Neil McArthur, the Commission’s Chief Counsel and Executive Director, will be appointed by the Commission as Acting Chief Executive with effect from 28 February 2018 until the regulator can secure a full time successor.

Chairman of the Commission Bill Moyes stated: “The Gambling Commission has set an ambitious agenda and clear priorities for treating customers fairly and making play safer and our new three-year strategy embeds this approach for the future. Sarah’s impact has been significant in shaping this direction of travel. I and my Board colleagues wish Sarah every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with her to deliver this agenda over the next few months.”

Harrison stated: “I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together. I am very confident that as the Commission delivers its new strategy it will go from strength to strength and will continue to make gambling in Britain fairer and safer.”

Harrison was the regulator’s second CEO after replacing Jenny Williams, who had been in the role for 10 years previously. Despite just two years in the role, Harrison has left her mark with a real ramping up of consumer rights in particular and a series of huge fines to operators.