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Board of commissioners

Our Commissioners are appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. They provide experience and knowledge from a wide range of sectors and industries to help us ensure the licensing objectives are met.

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Bill Moyes (Chair)

Bill Moyes (Chair) Dr William (Bill) Moyes’ career has spanned the public and private sectors, including leadership roles in five national regulators. Having completed a PhD in theoretical chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Bill entered the fast-stream of the UK Civil Service in 1974 and his 20-year career in the Civil Service was spent mainly in policy-making roles in Whitehall and in the Scottish Office. Bill is currently Chair of the General Dental Council, which regulates the dental team to protect the public and secure the delivery of high standards of education and training and professional practice. Other key elements of Bill’s career include: seven years in banking, funding the construction of hospitals; being the Director-General of the British Retail Consortium; and Executive Chairman of Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. Previous board appointments include the Priory Hospital Group, the Legal Services Board and the Office of Fair Trading. Bill has extensive experience of organisational leadership at Board and senior executive level, and of the regulation of industries and professional groups.

Neil McArthur (Chief Executive)

Neil McArthur (Chief Executive) Neil McArthur is the Gambling Commission’s Chief Executive and is responsible for the development and effective delivery of the Commission’s strategy. Neil is also the Accounting Officer for the Commission.

Neil joined the Commission in 2006 and has played a leading role in the evolution of its approach to licensing and regulation. Prior to being made Chief Executive Neil was the Commission’s General Counsel. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and is a graduate of Leicester Polytechnic and Leicester University and has previously worked for a number of public bodies including the General Teaching Council for England, the Learning and Skills Council and several local authorities.

John Baillie

John Baillie John Baillie is a Chartered Accountant and a former partner of KPMG in Scotland and London. He is immediate past chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, the Scottish local authority watchdog and served two three-year terms. He was also a member of the Reporting Panel of the UK Competition and Markets Authority for nine years. John is a visiting professor of accountancy at the University of Edinburgh and has previously held similar appointments at other Scottish universities.

Carol Brady

Carol Brady Former Chair of Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Carol is now Chair of the Claims Management Regulation Unit for the Ministry of Justice and Managing Director of her own consultancy business. Carol was awarded an MBE in June 2016 in recognition of her services to consumers and better regulation. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, an honour bestowed on her by her peers in 2009 and which recognises her contribution to the profession. She began her career with trading standards and has worked in the former Department for Trade and Industry, to set up the Consumer Direct helpline in the UK.

Stephen Cohen

Stephen Cohen Stephen has over 37 years’ experience in asset management, in Asia, Europe and the USA. He started his career with Mercury Asset Management and worked both as a Portfolio Manager and in business development. Stephen is also on the board of the Health & Care Professions Council, a healthcare regulator and the JPMorgan Japan Investment Trust plc. His recent roles included being the CEO of an Activist fund manager and the Chair of a Fintech software business. Stephen brings a global business perspective, deep experience of finance and financial services regulation as well as corporate governance.

Alison Hastings

Alison Hastings Alison Hastings is a non-executive Director and Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification, a non-executive Director of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, a non-executive Director of Archant, a privately-owned media company, a Board Member of Durham University, a Board Member of the Press Association Trust and a member of the Sharing Economy Expert Advisory Panel. Until recently she was the BBC Trustee for England and was formerly a Press Complaints Commissioner.

Sarika Patel

Sarika Patel Sarika is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in both the public and private sector. She started her earlier career in price water house and then moved to industry, focussing on innovation and technology. Sarika is also on the Board and chair of the remuneration committee of Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Trustee and chair of the audit committee of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the board member and chair of the audit committee of the office for nuclear regulation. She continues to work part time on advisory transactions in a global setting. Sarika brings a wealth of experience in financial and strategic management.

Trevor Pearce CBE QPM

Trevor Pearce CBE QPM Trevor’s background is in Law Enforcement, in which he spent 40 years across local policing and national agencies. He started his career in the Kent County Constabulary before moving on to the National Crime Squad, Serious Organised Crime Agency, and National Crime Agency, spending the majority of his time in specialist investigation and intelligence roles. Trevor is Chairman of UK Anti-Doping, an arms-length-body of government responsible for tackling doping in sport, a Trustee of Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity providing residential and other services to adults with learning difficulties where he also chairs the Care committee and a trustee of Stop the Trafik, a charity working to prevent human trafficking. Since concluding his law enforcement career, during which time he was Director General of both the National Crime Squad and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Trevor has focused on regulatory roles and risk management. Trevor brings significant experience of running large complex organisations, dealing with international serious and organised crime, and investigation and intelligence practices including those around anti-money laundering, integrity and anti-corruption.

Simone Pennie

Simone Pennie Having qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991, Simone Pennie spent 18 months with KPMG in Toronto before joining P&O Nedlloyd in 1994. She subsequently joined BBC Worldwide in 1996 and became Finance Director of BBC World News in 2005. Since 2011 Simone has maintained a portfolio career including Chair of the Audit Committee and Non Executive Director for Wye Valley NHS Trust, Independent Risk & Audit Committee member for Ofcom, Governor for Westonbirt Schools and Independent member of the inaugural Audit & Assurance Board for the National Police Chiefs Council. Simone is currently a co-opted member for the Audit Committee at the University of Bath and Clerk to the Minchinhampton Commoners Committee.

Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott Jonathan Scott retired as Senior Partner and Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global law firm, in 2015 and continues to be a consultant to the firm. He has extensive high level experience of competition law including in the gambling sector, having advised on mergers within the industry, and on governance and regulation. He is a non-executive director of the Competition Markets Authority, member of the audit committee of Cambridge University Press and a trustee of two charities.

Catharine Seddon

Catharine Seddon Catharine spent 20 years as a film maker. She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and soon specialised in high-end film documentary, eventually setting up her own production company. In 2000, she became a magistrate and eventually left television to take up other judicial roles and to become a member of the Human Tissue Authority and the independent appeals committee of the HFEA. Catharine now sits on the Legal Services Board as well as on the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on high profile civil cases in the County courts. She is also a trustee for The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. AS ARAC chair for the HTA, she oversaw the introduction of a comprehensive programme of assurance mapping and had particular input into communications strategy. Catharine brings experience of regulation in a wide variety of sectors as well as media knowledge.