UKGC seeks Programme Director for National Lottery licence competition

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is seeking to recruit a Programme Director to work with its executive governance team on the upcoming National Lottery 4th licence competition.

The commission informs that the Programme Director will be tasked with ‘laying the foundations’ for its National Lottery 2023 tender process.

Since 1994 Camelot UK has held the exclusive rights to operate the UK National Lottery. In 2012, the UKGC granted Camelot a further four-year contract extension until 2023.

The UKGC is expected to open its 4th licence application process three years in advance of its existing lottery contract finishing.

In 2017, Parliamentary concerns were raised of Camelot’s operating of the National Lottery. A National Audit Office report outlined disproportionate growth between corporate profits up 122% and good-cause funding up just 2% over a seven-year period.

Last December, Parliament would launch a public accounts inquiry into Camelot’s charitable funding downturn.

An under-pressure Camelot has undertaken an executive management restructure, appointing Nigel Railton as Group Chief Executive last November, replacing incumbent Andy Duncan.

Prior to the leadership appointment, Railton and Camelot governance had undertaken a strategic review of the business, with the aim of ‘returning the National Lottery to growth’.

Seeking to overhaul the UK National Lottery downturn, Railton and Camelot executives aim to implement a four-point plan to reverse company performance, focusing on the following dynamics; ‘1. Improving the range of games, 2. Enhance retail offering, 3. Upgrade digital capabilities and 4. Reinvigorate The National Lottery brand’.

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