Publish: 23.12.2017

UK Gambling Commission Looking For A New CEO

The announcement comes at a time when the Commission is facing critical decisions on a number of issues facing UK-based online casino companies.

The UK Gambling Commission, one of the main organizations responsible for regulating British online casinos, will be looking to replace current CEO Sarah Harrison after she announced her intention to depart next February.

Once she steps down, current Commission Chief Counsel and Executive Director Neil McArthur will take over her duties until a permanent replacement can be found to fill the roll.

“I and my Board colleagues wish Sarah every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with her over the next few months,” Commission Chairman Bill Moyes said when speaking about Harrison’s role during her tenure.

Departure Comes At A Critical Moment

The announcement comes at a time when the Commission is facing critical decisions on a number of issues facing UK-based online casino companies.

It was only just a few months ago that the Commission was forced to hand down one of the largest fines in history to UK-based operator 888 for violations of its obligations. In addition, the controversy over the new “loot box” features in children’s video games is in the middle of being sorted out. Those, and many other developments that could have lasting impact make this a sensitive time for a leadership change.

However, Moyes stated he believes the organization is up to the challenge, noting that much work has already been done by Harrison to set a strong course for the future.

“The Gambling Commission has set an ambitious agenda and clear priorities for treating customers fairly and making play safer and our new three-year strategy embeds this approach for the future. I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together. I am very confident that as the Commission delivers its new strategy it will go from strength to strength and will continue to make gambling in Britain fairer and safer,” he said.

Given the fact that Harrison herself replaced long time CEO Jenny Williams, the Commission has already proven its ability to maintain course through leadership changes. Despite the huge challenges currently facing it, here’s little reason to doubt that the transition will be anything but smooth.

Given the presence of so many UK online casino brands in Canada, that’s good news for Canucks to hear.