Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has confirmed Marcus Boyle’s selection as the next chair of the Gambling Commission for a five-year term, saying the move will give the regulator “new momentum” ahead of the white paper on the Gambling Act reform.
Boyle, whose appointment will take effect on September 5, 2021, succeeds Bill Moyes, who has held the position since 2017. Boyle is praised for having “extensive change management experience across both public and private sector bodies,” according to the press release.
He most recently managed the formulation and implementation of a major reform programme at a public sector organisation, leveraging his strong financial management and governance skills to drive transformation.
He has previously served as a board member, chief strategy officer, and chief operating officer for two large global professional services businesses, the most recent of which being Deloitte. He also serves as the president of the British American Drama Academy.
Dowden commented: “This is an important moment for the Gambling Commission as we fulfil our manifesto commitment to undertake the first major review of gambling laws in 15 years.
“New leadership will bring a new direction and focus for the Commission and I very much look forward to working with Marcus.
“His expertise will be invaluable as he steers the Commission into a new era of gambling regulation fit for the digital age.”
As part of its Gambling Act Review, the government is evaluating the Gambling Commission’s function and resources, which will “consider the need to balance the enjoyment people get from gambling with the right regulatory framework and protections.”
Online limitations and marketing are two of the areas being investigated in depth to see how gambling has evolved over the last 15 years.