UK Gambling Commission Appoint New Chief Executive

April 18, 2018

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The United Kingdom’s regulator for gambling, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), have confirmed Neil McArthur as their new chief executive with immediate effect.

The role has been vacant since December following Sarah Harrison’s resignation at the end of 2017.

McArthur had been serving as interim chief executive and has been at the UKGC since 2006. He was promoted to Executive Director in August 2016.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead to make gambling fairer and safer,” said McArthur in a statement.

“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.”


The previous chief executive Sarah Harrison’s decision to take up a role at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy came as a shock to many and was seen by the media as a blow to a more regulated market.

Under Harrison’s leadership, the UKGC sanctioned 12 different bookmakers for violating laws set out by the regulator.

McArthur though, a qualified solicitor, is expected to carry on with a hardline approach.

“Neil’s appointment is great news for the Commission,” said UKGC chairman Bill Moyes. “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.”

McArthur has also worked for public bodies such as Learning and Skills Council and General Teaching Council for England before working for the UKGC.

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