John Baillie and Catharine Seddon’s terms as commissioners of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) have been renewed for another year by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Baillie and Seddon have been members of the UKGC board since 2016, when former DCMS Secretary John Whittingdale was confirmed by Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet.
John Baillie is the deputy chair of Audit Scotland, Scotland’s independent agency responsible for the auditing of public agencies. He was a former director of KPMG in Scotland and London.
Baillie has also served as the Governor of the ‘ICAS Foundation,’ which helps young people from low-income families earn graduate degrees in accounting or finance.
Meanwhile, Seddon has 20 years of experience as a BBC award-winning documentary filmmaker and 13 years of NED experience in four separate government offices of national regulators.
Seddon serves on the fourth National Lottery Competition Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Commission’s RESET change initiative as a UKGC commissioner.
John Whittingdale was reassigned to DCMS as sports undersecretary earlier this week, succeeding Nigel Huddleston as the lead minister leading the government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.
Anti-gambling activists slammed Whittingdale’s nomination, claiming he was too friendly to the gambling industry during his time as DCMS secretary.
The government was also chastised for switching cabinet positions three months into its review of UK gambling rules, which was a campaign promise in the party’s 2019 General Election manifesto.