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The Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the newly appointed members of its Industry Forum, headed up by former CEO of the British Horseracing Authority, Nick Rust (pictured).

Rust was previously announced as the forum’s chair in November last year, after the UKGC first teased the forum’s creation in September.

The forum was established to provide the regulator with greater insight into the views of licensed operators, and to ensure the UKGC’s work is evidence-led.

The forum will sit alongside other stakeholder engagement initiatives such as the Lived Experience Advisory Panel, the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, and the Digital Advisory Panel.

New members announced

In addition to Rust as chair, the UKGC today (11 March) revealed the names of nine gambling industry professionals who will make up the forum.

The members represent some of the largest companies in the UK gambling sector, such as Entain and Flutter Entertainment, as well as other firms across both the operator and supplier sides of the industry.

Members include Merkur UK’s director of public and political relations Tony Boulton, Betsmart Consulting director Kirsty Caldwell, and founder and CEO of KYC supplier Department of Trust, Charles Cohen.

Also announced as members were Flutter Entertainment’s director of compliance and AML for the UK and Ireland Ashley Padgett, Betfred head of media Mark Pearson, and Britbet managing director Nigel Roddis.

Rounding out the list are Entain’s customer operations director for the UK and Ireland Leo Walker, g.games founder and CCO Helen Walton, and Rank Group director of public affairs, David Williams.

What happens next?

The first meeting of the Industry Forum is set to take place next week on 21 March.

There, members will begin the work of sharing their industry insight and experience with the UKGC, the regulator said.

“We had more than 40 applications from across the gambling industry from people wanting to take an active role in the inaugural Industry Forum,” said chair Nick Rust.

“It was difficult to leave quite a few of those people out, but I’m delighted with the quality and experience of the appointees, and hope as a group we can offer perspectives from across all parts of the industry which the Commission can draw upon to help evolve and improve its performance as the regulator.”

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