The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will have a new Chief Executive from October 1 when Jenny Williams steps down from the role and is replaced by Sarah Harrison.
Harrison is a Senior Partner at Ofgem, the UK regulatory body for energy companies, where she leads the Sustainable Development Division. She has been part of Ofgem since 2000 and has held a number of roles within the boy including being the Managing Director of Corporate Affairs.
Speaking of her appointment, Harrison said: “I am very pleased to be appointed Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, and look forward to the challenges of keeping gambling fair and safe and regulating an industry which is changing rapidly with technology. Working with the staff, industry, stakeholders and partners in government, I welcome the opportunity to build on the strong foundations laid by the Commission over the last decade.”
The current Chair of the Commission, Philip Graf, was equally pleased of Harrison’s appoint.
“I am delighted that Sarah is joining the Commission and look forward to working closely with her. We are making significant progress in our aims to raise standards in the gambling industry, empower consumers to manage the risks of gambling and to build partnership and understanding of gambling issues. Sarah has a wealth of experience in regulation along with social and consumer policy and communications – she is well placed to lead the Commission into its second decade as the regulator of commercial gambling in Great Britain.”
The UKGC regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. Part of its role as the governing body is to ensure underage parties are protected from gambling, that vulnerable people are not harmed or exploited by the industry and to keep crime out of gambling.
Recently, the UKGC has been a regular feature on UK & Ireland PokerNews after it suspended the operating licenses of Metro Play and 666Bet. It appears that the decision to do so was correct as both companies now appear to not have enough available funds with which to reimburse its customers, although Metro Play’s chairman has vowed to rectify the situation.