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Acting Head of Gambling Commission Now Official CE

Acting Head of Gambling Commission Now Official CE

The acting head of the U.K. Gambling Commission, Andrew Rhodes, has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.

The commission named Rhodes acting chief executive in June 2021, after the sudden resignation of Neil McArthur and the temporary appointment of Sarah Gardner.

Rhodes, who received an 18-month contract, plans a sterner approach as expected reforms of gambling legislation take center stage this year. The commission would take on any gambling company that violated the conditions of their license more than once.

As chief executive, Rhodes will lead the way for two key moments: the gambling review and coordinating the bidding contest for the fourth national lottery license, choosing whether incumbent Camelot or challengers Allwyn, Sisal and Northern & Shell Group will secure the 10-year contract.

Rhodes served as a director of operations at the Department for Work and Pensions and also served as chief operating officer of the Food Standards Agency. He was also chief operating officer of Swansea University, his alma mater, and chair of the community trust at Swansea City football club.

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