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Harrison Leaves UK Gambling Commission

Harrison Leaves UK Gambling Commission

UK Gambling Commission head Sarah Harrison has stepped down from the post to join the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a senior executive.

Neil McArthur, general counsel for the commission, will act as interim chief executive of the regulator as it continues a search to fill the position. McArthur has served as the commission’s general counsel since 2006, leading the regulatory body’s legal oversight on licensing, enforcement and compliance directives, the commission said in a press release.

Harrison leaves the post warning the U.K.’s gambling businesses that they need to improve their funding of industry charity GambleAware, which researches problem gambling and runs programs for prevention, treatment and education.

The group has been routinely underfunded by the industry. It is currently in the process of preparing a £7 million public awareness campaign scheduled to launch in August. However, many U.K. broadcasters have pledged to provide the campaign with free media, according to local reports.

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