Gambling Commission announces four senior appointments

The Gambling Commission has appointed four new commissions effective immediately.

The UK Gambling Commission has announced the appointment of four new commissioners who will join the UK regulatory body with immediate effect.

The new commissioners

The Commission’s four new members include Terry Babbs, Jo Hill, Sir Martin Nare and Brian Bannister. The four new commissioners were appointed by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Prior to his appointment at the Commission, Terry Babbs has held positions in both the private and public sectors and has served as ethical trading director for the supermarket giant Tesco.

On top of his new role with the UK regulator, Babbs is also the senior independent director at the General Dental Council, vice-chair of the investment committee of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme, and a non-executive director of HMRC’s Valuation Office Agency.

Bannister also serves as the director for strategic insight and influence at The Law Society of England and Wales. Prior to this, Bannister led global communications for KPMG and has held several senior roles at PwC.

Hill acts as executive director of strategy and risk at The Pensions Regulator and currently leads corporate strategy, risk management, data and analysis. Previously, Hill served as director of market intelligence, data and analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority.

Narey has also had a long career in the public sector and has worked as director-general of the Prison Service of England and Wales for seven years while also heading up the Probation Service for a three-year period.

Bill Moyes, chair of the Gambling Commission said: “Terry, Brian, Jo and Sir Martin bring a wealth of valuable expertise to the Board of Commissioners.

“Their collective experience will help us as we look to implement further protections for consumers and strongly regulate what is a fast-moving and innovative industry. I’d like to welcome them to the Commission and look forward to working closely with them.”

What else has the Commission been up to?

This news comes after the Gambling Commission announced it will direct £9m in funds from regulatory settlements to the commissioning charity GambleAware.

The charity will use these funds to help support initiatives to tackle gambling-related harm and bolster support services during the coronavirus pandemic.

This will include providing support to projects that have moved to alternative models of delivery such as providing online support and improving the treatment and existing support systems in place.

Earlier this week, the Commission also made updates to the rules and regulations around society lotteries. The regulations raise prize limits but also require a greater level of transparency in how proceeds are spent.

The Commission’s ban on using credit cards to fund gambling activity also came into effect on 14 April which, according to the regulator, will add a “vital layer” of protection for consumers. The ban was announced in January by the Gambling Commission and the Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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