The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed the appointment of four new commissioners, strengthening its regulatory oversight for a crucial 2020 agenda and further future proceedings.
The commissioner appointments have been approved by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – allowing Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey to join UKGC governance ranks.
The UKGC confirmed that its new commissioners will join from 30 April, with each appointee beginning a five-year tenure as senior advisors to the regulatory body.
A public and private sector governance veteran, Babbs is the current vice-chair of Oxfam’s investment committee overseeing the international charity’s enterprise development programmes.
Meanwhile, former KPMG global communications chief Bannister currently serves as the Executive Director for Strategic Insights at The Law Society of England and Wales.
Supporting the development of its research programmes, Hill currently serves as an Executive Director for The Pensions Regulator.
Hill was previously Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and also a Trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute
Completing the new recruits is former Barnardo Chief Executive Narey. A leading figurehead in UK public service, He was the Director-General of the Prison Service of England and Wales for seven years and also headed the Probation Service for a three-year term.
Bill Moyes, Chair of the Gambling Commission, said: “Terry, Brian, Jo and Sir Martin bring a wealth of valuable expertise to the Board of Commissioners.
“Their collective experience will help us as we look to implement further protections for consumers and strongly regulate what is a fast-moving and innovative industry. I’d like to welcome them to the Commission and look forward to working closely with them.”