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Neil McArthur confirmed as new Gambling Commission chief

New Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur
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Neil McArthur has been confirmed as the new chief executive of the Gambling Commission, succeeding Sarah Harrison.

McArthur, previously the commission's chief counsel and executive director, had been acting as interim CEO since Harrison left the industry regulator at the end of February.

He takes over at a crucial time for the Gambling Commission and the industry it oversees.

The government is expected to announce the results of its gambling review, including its verdict on FOBT maximum stakes, in the coming weeks, while the commission is also working on proposals for the online sector following its own review.

Politicians have also urged the commission to put pressure on Camelot to change the way it runs the National Lottery following concerns about the operator's profits and the amount of money going to good causes.

The commission's chairman Bill Moyes said: "Neil's appointment is great news for the commission. He brings to the role a thorough understanding of gambling issues and regulation, along with proven commitment to making gambling fairer and safer.  

"I'm looking forward to working even more closely with Neil as he leads the commission to make significant progress in raising standards, protecting consumers and the public from gambling-related harm and improving the performance of the National Lottery."

McArthur said he was proud of the commission's achievements but that there was more to do.

He added: "Ensuring consumers are empowered to make informed choices about gambling while addressing and reducing the harms that can come from gambling is a challenge that cannot be overcome by us alone. It needs continued strong partnerships with other regulators, consumer representatives and government.

"Most importantly, it requires gambling operators to treat their customers fairly and they can expect us to be tough but fair in making sure they meet their responsibilities."

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