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The Gambling Commission (UKGC) has appointed Nick Rust as the chair of its newly established Industry Forum.

The forum was announced in September, and will be made up of members from Britain’s gambling industry in order to provide further insight to the regulator on the views of operators.

It is expected to comprise 10 members, representing the wide range of operators in British gambling, and will share industry views with the UKGC on topics including account management, industry consultations and the regulator’s data programme.

The forum will sit alongside a range of stakeholder engagement initiatives undertaken by the UKGC, including its Lived Experience Advisory Panel, Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and Digital Advisory Panel.

Rust will assume his role as chair of the Industry Forum from November, the UKGC said, and will serve for a period of two years.

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In the past, Rust has held several prominent positions within the British gambling industry, including six years as the CEO of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

He currently serves as the chair of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission and as a non-executive director of Redcar Racecourse.

Rust is also a founding partner of GVS EQ, a specialist consultancy in the horseracing sector, and a trustee of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

His former roles include managing director of retail for Ladbrokes, managing director for remote gambling and Coral retail at Gala Coral Group, and managing director of Sky Bet.

“I am delighted that Nick has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Commission’s Industry Forum,” said Gambling Commission chair Marcus Boyle. 

“Nick’s extensive knowledge of the gambling sector makes him a valuable asset, and I am confident he will work with us to create a productive and insightful Industry Forum.”

Earlier this month, DCMS secretary Lucy Frazer MP appointed seven new commissioners to the Gambling Commission Board of Commissioners, the regulator’s oversight body.

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