Neil McArthur

UK Gambling Commission CEO steps down

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Neil McArthur, CEO of United Kingdom Gambling Commission has announced that he will be leaving the UKGC organisation after nearly 15 years in the organisation.

McArthur joined the Commission in 20016 and was General Counsel before he took the reigns as Chief Executive in 2018.

During McArthur’s tenure as CEO, the UKGC has gone through significant period of change to equip themselves to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment and to fullfil the regulatory requirements set by themselves. Neil has spearheaded the increased protections against gambling addictions through enhanced age verifications, ban on credit cards and through increased requirements of product designs. He has led the Commission to ensure those impacted by Gambling Harms have had their voices heard in the decision making, including setting up a Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

Mr McArthur commented on his departure, “I am proud of everything the Gambling Commission has achieved during my 15 years with the organisation. With a review of the Gambling Act underway now feels the right time to step away and allow a new chief Executive to lead the Commission on the next stage in its Journey”.

The UK Gambling Commission will shortly begin the process of recruiting a Chief Executive for an interim period.