Intended transformation of the UKGC underlined by appointment of its new Chair

A press release published today (2 September 2021) by the Department for Digital, Media & Sport has served to confirm that, as foreshadowed by a 29 August 2021 Sunday Times article entitled “Deloitte man to run gambling watchdog”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has appointed Marcus Boyle as the next Chair of the Gambling Commission for a term of five years with effect from 5 September 2021, replacing the present incumbent Bill Moyes upon the expiry of his five-year term of office.

This represents the second ‘change at the top’ following the appointment of Andrew Rhodes as the regulator’s Interim Chief Executive on 10 June 2021 following the sudden departure of his predecessor Neil McArthur in March 2021.

What is worthy of specific note is reference within the notes to the press release to Mr Boyle’s “track record of delivering transformational change”, something that was reflected in the advertised job description for the post of Interim CEO which explained to potential candidates that “you will join us at an important time as we seek to transform our own organisation, whilst continuing to pursue widespread improvements in protection for consumers”. This was commented upon by David Clifton in his July 2021 ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News entitled “What does the future hold with a new UKGC CEO?”, when he said:

An obvious conclusion is that one of the new CEO’s first tasks is to address some damning criticisms of the Gambling Commission’s performance received last year from each of the National Audit Office, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group and the House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry.

The same will no doubt be true in the case of the Commission’s newly appointed Chair.

Today’s DCMS press release states as follows: