The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that Interim Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes has been appointed to the leadership role on a permanent basis.
Rhodes first joined the Commission in June 2021 as Interim CEO, originally for an 18-month contract, after accomplishing a number of senior roles at both private and public sector organizations, including the Department for Work and Pensions, Swansea University, the Food Standards Agency and the DVLA.
In January this year, British media reported that Rhodes was the preferred candidate to lead the Commission, as a result of having impressed colleagues and DCMS during his first months leading the regulator.
UKGC said in a statement, "Andrew will continue to work closely with chair Marcus Boyle, the Board of Commissioners, and the Commission's senior leadership team to ensure Great Britain's gambling industry is regulated strongly and effectively."
"He will also continue his stakeholder engagement programme with consumers, industry, parliamentarians and those with lived experience."
The UKGC is now led by the new leadership duo of Rhodes and Marcus Boyle as Chairman, who got appointed in September 2021 following the resignation of former incumbent Bill Moyes.
In separate announcements, Rhodes and Boyle said that they will oversee a tougher era of compliance for UK operators, irrespective of pending Gambling Review outcomes.
Boyle even agreed on Rhodes' leadership assessment that UK gambling had too many persistent failing operators. The leadership duo explained that tougher penalties were necessary to ensure ‘behavioral changes' in which gambling operators must place accountability at the heart of their operations.
Online gambling in the United Kingdom is legal for all residents and visitors. It is regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), which oversees most types of gambling in Great Britain, including The National Lottery in the UK.
The non-profit organization exists to safeguard players and the wider public by implementing various steps to ensure responsible gaming and safer gambling.