New UKGC executive charged with raising lottery standards

New UKGC executive charged with raising lottery standards

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Posted by Michael Lawson
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Compliance and policy expert James Mackay joins the Commission with immediate effect.
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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has outlined plans to make lotteries clearer for consumers, just days after appointing James Mackay as its new Executive Director.

The new plans, commencing from April of next year, will make it clearer to consumers which society or charity the proceeds go to, while also declaring what proportion of money raised from lottery ticket sales in the previous year was returned directly for the purposes of the society.

Commission Executive Director for Lotteries Sarah Gardner said: “We want to make sure that consumers have as much information as possible to make informed choices about their gambling. In lotteries, we know that players are motivated by a range of things, particularly the chance to contribute to good causes, so it is only right that they understand what that means in practice.

“Our regulatory approach puts consumers right at the heart of everything that we do. This has been built on further in our new three-year strategy, where we say we will consider whether any further changes are necessary to ensure that society lotteries can continue to make important contributions to society, whilst being run in a way which is fair and safe for consumers.

Previously Head of Regulatory Policy at Rail Delivery Group, Mackay is tasked with leading the competition for the next licence of the National Lottery – a role which will include shaping and running the competition ahead of the new licence beginning in 2023. Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd is the current licence holder.

He told “I’m very much looking forward to helping shape the next lottery competition where we will develop a framework which makes sure that we have a National Lottery that the public continue to enjoy playing and which benefits a range of projects the public values enormously.”

Totally Gaming says: A regulatory compliance and policy expert, with a wealth of experience gained from roles at Rail Delivery Group, Heathrow Airport and the General Medical Council amongst others, James Mackay seems like an ideal appointment for the UK Gambling Commission. He has wasted no time in exerting his influence as the UKGC looks to raise standards moving into the new year.


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