UKGC confirms Neil McArthur as new chief executive
The UK Gambling Commission has announced that Neil McArthur has taken over as the new chief executive of the organisation.
McArthur had been acting as interim CEO since March, after the former leader, Sarah Harrison, left the role earlier this year for a government position at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
McArthur has been at the organisation for some time, having served as general counsel for the Commission, working on the legal oversight towards licensing, enforcement and compliance.
McArthur takes over the role from Sarah Harrison, who had been with the Commission for two years, after she replaced Jenny Williams in the role back in October 2015.
The Commission began their search immediately after Harrison’s departure in February and stated that the process has been thorough and highly competitive, to ensure the right candidate was selected.
Speaking about the appointment, Bill Moyes, Gambling Commission chair, said:
Neil’s appointment is great news for the Commission. He brings to the role a thorough understanding of gambling issues and regulation, along with proven commitment to making gambling fairer and safer. I’m looking forward to working even more closely with Neil as he leads the Commission to make significant progress in raising standards, protecting consumers and the public from gambling-related harm and improving the performance of the National Lottery.– Bill Moyes, Gambling Commission chair
It’s a testing time for the Commission, as regulatory scrutiny on the sector in the UK is at a high point.
The industry is awaiting the final ruling on the review of the industry, including the vital new terms on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) stakes and new advertising practices.
Reacting to the new role and the challenges ahead, McArthur said:
I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead to make gambling fairer and safer. I am really proud of the Commission’s achievements over the last 12 years, but there is a lot more to do. Ensuring consumers are empowered to make informed choices about gambling while addressing and reducing the harms that can come from gambling is a challenge that cannot be overcome by us alone. It needs continued strong partnerships with other regulators, consumer representatives and government. Most importantly, it requires gambling operators to treat their customers fairly and they can expect us to be tough but fair in making sure they meet their responsibilities.– Neil McArthur, CEO UK Gambling Commission