UKGC Appoints Four New Commissioners For Critical 2020

This morning the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced the appointment of four new commissioners, expanding their regulatory oversight for a critical 2020 agenda and potential future prosecutions.

Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has accepted the commissioner appointments – enabling Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey to enter the ranks of UKGC governance.

The UKGC announced that its new commissioners would join the regulatory body as from 30 April, with each appointee beginning a five-year term as senior advisors.

A veteran of policy in the public and private sectors, Babbs is the new vice-chair of Oxfam’s investment committee overseeing the business growth projects of the international charity.

Meanwhile, former KPMG Corporate Communications Chief Bannister is currently working at the Law Society of England and Wales as the Executive Director for Strategic Insights.

Hill currently serves as the Executive Director for The Pensions Regulator in support of the advancement of its research programmes.

Hill previously served as Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and also as Trustee of the Center for Money and Mental Health Policy.

Former Barnardo chief executive Narey is completing the new recruits. A major figurehead in the UK public sector, he has spent seven years as the Director-General of the England and Wales Prison Service and has led the prosecution service for a three-year period.

The Chair of the Gambling Commission, Bill Moyes, said: “Terry, Brian, Jo and Sir Martin bring a wealth of valuable expertise to the Board of Commissioners.

“Their collective experience will help us as we look to implement further protections for consumers and strongly regulate what is a fast-moving and innovative industry. I’d like to welcome them to the Commission and look forward to working closely with them.”