Tag Archives: Neil McArthur

UKGC appoints Andrew Rhodes as Interim CEO ahead of government probe

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Rhodes as its new Interim Chief Executive. Rhodes will replace Sarah Gardner as the acting CEO of the Commission. Gardner took leadership of the regulator following the abrupt departure of Neil McArthur last March in light of regulatory failings surrounding the high profile collapse of Football Index.  Updating stakeholders, …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Time to examine the evidence

8th December 2020 was a momentous day for all involved with the UK’s gambling industry. It was on that day that the UK Government launched its Review of the Gambling Act 2005 and published its Policy Paper entitled “Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Terms of Reference and Call for Evidence“. There is a very specific reason why the government …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Gambling can’t hide from its spotlight

Since my last “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, the stand-out issues in UK gambling regulatory terms have been (a) the circumstances giving rise to the UK Government’s 20 April announcement of an independent review into the collapse of Football Index and (b) the sudden unexpected departure of Neil McArthur from his position as Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission …

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Tim Miller: Fairness and affordability will lead UKGC’s new corporate strategy

Tim Miller, the Executive Director of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) leading research and policy development, has outlined the regulator’s principal objectives which will spearhead its new ‘Corporate Strategy’.    The first UKGC executive to speak following this month’s abrupt departure of chief executive Neil McArthur, Miller addressed industry executives and wider business stakeholders at the CMS Law Gambling Conference. The …

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UKGC responds to Football Index backlash

Following public concerns, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this afternoon published further information on its investigation and licence suspension of BetIndex – the operating company of under administration Football Index.  The Commission states that its formal license review proceedings began on 20 May 2020, following concerns about the business. Initial review proceedings focused on ‘issues in relation to the …

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DCMS urged to take immediate action on Football Index collapse

MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) have directed further criticism at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regarding the collapse of betting exchange Football Index. Writing a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group of legislators described the demise of the operator and the losses its customers suffered as a ‘scandal,’ and have cited …

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UKGC comes under fire from Football Index collapse

Pressure is mounting on the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to explain the fallout of Football Index – the football player trading platform which entered insolvency proceedings last week citing that it could no longer maintain its business due to liquidity issues. John Whittingdale, DCMS’ new undersecretary overseeing UK gambling laws, is reported to have held ‘frank discussions’ with the Commission’s …

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Neil McArthur resigns as Gambling Commission CEO

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this afternoon sent a communication to stakeholders announcing that Neil McArthur has resigned from duties as Chief Executive of the regulator. McArthur has chosen to end his 15-year tenure with the Commission, having joined in 2006 as a legal advisor, raising up the ranks to become Chief Executive in 2018 replacing Sarah Harrison (MBE).  …

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UKGC deepens Lived Experience Panel’s policy feedback role 

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has cited a successful first meeting of its Lived Experience Advisory Panel, which will maintain a prominent role in how the Commission reshapes its public policies.  This week, panel members held their first meetings with the Commission’s Experts by Experience Group, providing first-hand accounts of lived consequences of gambling harms and addiction. Established as a …

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Black market betting websites in Australia targeted by ACMA

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) intends to request that Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country remove 18 offshore black market betting websites. An official statement by the ACMA revealed that 222 illegal gambling operators have been removed from the web in Australia since its first blocking request was made in November 2012. The websites removed were Syndicate …

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