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UK Gambling Commission Announces New Management


by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor

               According to Jenny Williams, CEO of the UK Gambling Commission, the organization is due for major changes in its policy and communications head. The Commission has announced the appointment of a new Director of Strategy, Research and Analysis.

                Williams praised the efforts and skill of Beryl Brown, the former Director of Policy and Communications, who stepped down from his position at the end of October.

 “The Policy and Communications Directorate has achieved a great deal under Beryl’s leadership, and together they have been fundamental in shaping the Commission and our policy framework. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Beryl for her contribution and to wish her well for the future,” said Williams.

Brown said that she had worked with the Commission for two and a half years. “With the regulatory framework now substantially in place and the Commission focusing more on the day to day regulation I have decided the time is right to move on to new challenges.”

The new Director of Strategy, Research and Analysis is Matthew Hill. Williams announced his appointment saying that he will combine the strategic and analytic elements of the Commission (corporate and programme management, policy and research, intelligence and IT) into an individual Directorate that will work closely with the Regulatory Directorate, currently lead by Nick Tofiluk, Director of Operations.

Hill served previously as the Deputy Director Programmes at the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport. He commented on his appointment, “I enjoyed working on gambling issues enormously and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do so again. I’m proud and excited that the Commission has recruited me at this very important time, as it moves out of its initial start up phase and concentrates on providing risk-based regulation.”

Hill will join the Commission on November 10th. After reading biochemistry at Oxford, Hill joined the Civil Service. Following his service there, Hill bounced through a number of careers. He was involved with GM food issues, foot and mouth disease, ebusiness customer service, served as Private Secretary to the Leader of the Commons, joined the DCMS, worked on the liquor licensing regulation, the BBC charter review and the enforcement of the Gambling Act. While serving as Deputy Director of Programmes, with responsibilities to the Creative Economy Programme, Jill served as temporary CEO of the Drinkaware Trust.

The official roster at the UK Gambling Commission includes Jenny William as CEO, Tom Kavanagh as Deputy Chief Executive, Bill Butler as Director of Corporate Services, Julie Grant as Director of Finance, Matthew Hill as Director of Strategy Research and Analysis, Justine Kenny as Director of People and Organizational Development, Julia Mackisack as Director of Corporate Affairs, Neil McArthur as Director of Legal and Nick Tofiluk as Director of Regulation.

Nick Tofiluk is soon due to assume the role of Director of Licensing and Compliance following the upcoming retirement of Hazel Canter.

The UK Gambling Commission is responsible for the oversight of all legalized gambling establishments, online casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks as well as offline. The Commission regulates gambling in the interest of the public in terms of keeping crime out of gambling, ensuring gambling is conducted fairly and opening, protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling and providing independent advice to government on gambling in the United Kingdom.