Sarah Harrison ends tenure as UKGC Chief Executive

Neil McArthur the General Counsel of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), will act as the interim leader of the regulatory body following the departure of Chief Executive Sarah Harrison at the end of this month.

Last December, the UKGC announced that Sarah Harrison would not renew her tenure as Chief Executive of the Commission, choosing to join the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a senior executive.

As yet, UKGC governance has not chosen a direct replacement for Sarah Harrison as the regulatory body’s Chief Executive, continuing its executive search.

McArthur has served as the UKGC’s General Counsel since 2006, leading the regulatory body’s legal oversight on licensing, enforcement and compliance directives.

Furthermore, McArthur has served as lead legal adviser for the UKGC’s leadership and governance with regards to industry matters or disputes.

Departing the UKGC this February, Sarah Harrison warned UK betting leadership, that the industry needed to improve its funding of industry charity GambleAware, for its much-needed research into problem gambling, and its prevention, treatment and education.

Furthermore, Harrison warned betting stakeholders that much work was needed in order to improve sector-wide diversity standards in 2018.

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