UK Culture Secretary – New Appointment Will Bring Focus
Speaking on the news of the new UKGC Chair Marcus Boyle appointed to shake things up, the UK culture secretary, Dowden described Marcus’ appointment as a significant moment for the gambling commission. He also added that the appointment will bring a new focus and direction for the commission.
Dowden further stated that:
Marcus’ expertise and experience are invaluable as he will steer the gambling commission into a new age of gambling regulation in line with the digital age.
Betting & Gaming Council Chair Delightedly Welcomes Mr Boyle
The Betting and Gaming Council (the industry body) has already welcomed Marcus to his new role with Brigid Simmonds, the council chair congratulating Marcus on the new appointment.
Simmonds stated that:
BCG will keep on working hand-in-hand with the government and the Gambling Commission on the current evidence-led gambling review as part of its continued dedication to high standards on safer gambling.
BCG chair also extended appreciation to Bill Moyes (Marcus’ predecessor) for working with the council over the last 2 years. Simmond concluded by wishing Bill well for the future.
New UKGC chair Marcus Boyle new role will quickly entail looking to recruit a permanent chief executive, as Neil McArthur has resigned from the commission earlier in the year. After Neil stood down, Andrew Rhodes was appointed to replace him; however, the replacement is in an acting capacity and contract-based. Rhodes formerly worked for DVLA and the Department of Works and Pensions and will now hold the new position he got in June for the next 18 months, after which his contract will expire.