Andrew Rhodes Appointed as UKGC Interim Chief Executive
The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has announced that it has appointed Andrew Rhodes as its new interim chief executive for a year and a half while it conducts a search for a permanent replacement for Neil McArthur.
Rhodes has more than two decade’s experience in the public and private sectors. He has held senior positions in institutions such as the Department for Work and Pensions and the DVLA, and most recently, he was a registrar and chief operating officer at Swansea University.
The Gambling Commission is one of the world’s highest profile and most respected regulators so I am delighted to join the team at such an important time. Protecting the public and players from gambling harm will continue to be central to our work and I am looking forward to meeting people from across the industry and those with lived experience to understand the issues and opportunities which lay ahead.
Rhodes is taking over from McArthur, who left the role earlier this year. During McArthur’s time, there were many changes to gambling law in the United Kingdom, such as a ban on the use of credit cards to gamble, major changes to online slot gameplay, and there was the launch of the government’s Gambling Act review last year.
Speaking about the appointment of Rhodes, the Gambling Commission chairman Bill Moyes said “Andrew has a first-class track record of delivery, strong leadership and innovation both in the private sector and in the civil service. I have no doubt he will prove to be an exceptional appointment here at the Commission and it comes at a time when the spotlight is on gambling regulation and operators.”