Marcus Boyle is said to be the front-runner to take over as Executive Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) from Bill Moyes.
The Times reported this over the weekend that Boyle (55), the former Chief Strategy Officer of Deloitte’s worldwide consulting company, is being evaluated by DCMS as a “outstanding candidate” to oversee a strategy reform of the UK gaming regulator.
Boyle is the Chair of Trustees at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) and a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery in London.
New fresh face
According to reports, the DCMS is looking for a new face with no past industry expertise or connections to oversee the UKGC’s regulatory operations and how the regulator manages its existing relationships with licenced incumbents.
The Times also cited Boyles’ executive experience leading organisational changes and large-scale transformations as a critical prerequisite for DCMS, as the UKGC will be responsible for executing the first stage of industry reforms outlined in the Review of the 2005 Gambling Act.
As things stand, Boyle is ahead of Conservative peer Lord Chadlington and Anna van der Gaag, the current chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, on the DCMS’s stated shortlist of chair candidates.