Gambling Commission's chief executive McArthur steps down

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  • By Hannah Timoney
Gambling Commission's chief executive McArthur steps down
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Changes are coming to the UK Gambling Commission as the chief executive, Neil McArthur, steps down. He was appointed on a full-time basis in April 2017, and has been working at the regulatory body since 2006.

He stated he is proud of everything the Gambling Commission has achieved during his 15 years with the organisation,” McArthur said. “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.”

He added that with the “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.”

During his time as chief executive, many changes have been made to the UK’s gambling regulation landscape, such as the ban of credit cards to gamble, changes to slot gameplay, as well as the launch of the government’s Gambling Act review last year.

This review has already brought about significant changes to the UK gambling scene. This includes the whistle-to-whistle ban, the National Lottery becoming 18+, stake and spending limits, and a debate in parliament on loot boxes.

The Gambling Commission has been at the heart of the UK’s continued efforts to promote safer and more responsible gambling, and we hope that whoever follows in McArthur’s footsteps as chief executive will continue the solid work the Gambling Commission has achieved over recent years.