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Camelot moves to secure board strengthening

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has announced a duo of executive appointments, strengthening its board “in accordance with the Board Governance Review process that the company is currently undertaking”.

Incoming is Sir Hugh Robertson as the new Camelot Chairman with immediate effect, the current Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA), with a number of senior roles previously held, including serving as Minister for Sport and the Olympics during London 2012, responsible for the construction of a 560-acre Olympic Park.

This was followed up with becoming the Minister of State at the Foreign Office, responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.

Commenting on the appointment, Sir Hugh explained: “I am delighted to be joining as Camelot’s Chairman. I have been privileged to see first-hand the enormous difference The National Lottery makes to the fabric of the UK, not least through its funding of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the 2016 Games in Rio, and its ongoing support for our elite athletes.

When I heard that Camelot was seeking a new Chairman, I actively sought the role – and am delighted to be joining a business that plays such an important role in today’s society.

“However, Camelot’s role in running a national institution can never be taken for granted. I look forward to working with the current management team, as well as my fellow Board colleagues, to further build on the company’s long tradition of commercial innovation – growing National Lottery sales in a socially-responsible way – while looking to ensure there is an appropriate policy and regulatory environment which allows The National Lottery to flourish.”

Also joining is Robert Walker, current Chairman of Enterprise Inns, as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, with prior experience including Chairman roles at Travis Perkins, WHSmith, BCA Europe and Williams Lea.

Jo Taylor, Camelot’s outgoing Chairman, added: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Camelot’s Chairman for the past two years. In Sir Hugh and Robert, we have appointed two individuals of exceptional calibre who will bring extensive commercial and stakeholder experience to further strengthen Camelot’s Board.”

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