Marcus Boyle Appointed as UKGC Chairman
It has been reported by the Sunday Times that Marcus Boyle has been selected as the new chairman of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC).
If the report proves correct, then the 55-year-old will be taking over the job from Bill Moyes, whose time as chairman of the regulator will end this year. Boyle used to be a board member at the accountancy firm Deloitte, he is chairman of the British American Drama Academy and is a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery.
Boyle has been appointed to the role by the Department for Digital, culture, Media & Sports, and he is through to be “a more neutral appointment” to the commission. An official announcement of the appointment is expected to be issued later in the week.
The UKGC has been under a great deal of pressure in recent years to tackle problem gambling and implement further restrictions on the industry. At present, it is assisting the UK government with a review of the Gambling Act.
It is thought that Boyle’s work as Chief Strategy Officer at Deloitte helped his application for the role, and many in the industry believe that his appointment will be seen as a positive move by the UKGC. He was selected for the job ahead of other candidates from organizations that highlight potential harms associated with the industry and campaigned against them.