UK Gambling Commission Appoints New CEO
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that Sarah Harrison has been appointed as its new chief executive, and will be starting her role in October of this year.
Sarah Harrison will be joining the Gambling Commission initially in September, before becoming CEO on October 1st. This is when Jenny Williams, the current chief executive, will be retiring. Williams has been in the role since the formation of the UKGC, and has been instrumental in the organization’s implementation of significant regulatory change over the last few years.
The Chair of the Commission, Phillip Graf, stated he was delighted with the appointment of Harrison and planned to work closely with her. Citing her experience in regulation and consumer policy, he said that “she is well placed to lead the Commission into its second decade as the regulator of commercial gambling in Great Britain.”
About Sarah Harrison
Harrison has been working in the regulation sector for many years. She was the first CEO of ICSTIS, the UK industry regulator for premium rate telephone services, before joining Ofgem in 2000. At Ofgem, which regulates British gas and electricity providers, she leads the Sustainable Development Division as a senior partner. She previously held the role of communications director.
In her official statement following the Commission’s announcement of her appointment, Harrison explained that she was looking forward to “the challenges of keeping gambling fair and safe and regulating an industry which is changing rapidly with technology.” She also said that she welcomed the opportunity to “build on the strong foundations laid by the Commission over the last decade.”
About the UKGC
The UK Gambling Commission was formed by the Gambling Act of 2005, replacing the Gaming Board for Great Britain. It assumed regulatory control over the majority of all gambling activity in the United Kingdom, including remote gambling. Any online gambling operation must be licensed by the UKGC to legally provide gambling services to UK residents.
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