Neil McArthur to Leave UK Gambling Regulator
Neil McArthur has announced that he is to step down as the chief executive of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). While the regulator searches for a replacement, the deputy chief executive Sarah Gardner and the chief operating office Sally Jones will be joint acting chief executive.
McArthur became interim chief executive when Sarah Harrison stepped down in 2017 and he was then appointed on a full-time basis in April that year. He has been working for the organization since 2006.
I am proud of everything the Gambling Commission has achieved during my 15 years with the organisation. We have taken significant steps forward to make gambling fairer and safer and I know that I leave the organisation in a strong position to meet its future challenges. With a review of the Gambling Act underway now feels the right time to step away and allow a new chief executive to lead the Commission on the next stage in its journey.
His time at the UKGC has seen a number of changes to the country’s gambling regulations, including the introduction of a ban on credit card gambling payments, changes to the rules governing online slots, and the launch of the government’s Gambling Act review.
However, the body has not been without its controversies. For instance, in early March 2021 it came under fire following the collapse of Football Index. The site announced a change to its dividend system on Monday 8 March and then announced it was going into administration on the following Friday. The UKGC then suspended the operator’s remote betting license, but denied that McArthur’s decision was linked to this.
The Commission chair, Bill Moyes, thanked McArthur for his “many years of commitment and service” at the regulator and said that he “can rightly feel proud of the organisation’s progress during his tenure as chief executive.”