Jenny Watson named new chair of UK’s National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

Jenny Watson named new chair of UK’s National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Posted by News Team
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Watson to oversee board expansion to prepare for GamStop product becoming mandatory for all UK licensees

Former Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson has been named chair of National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme Ltd, the company behind the gambling site-blocking product GamStop. 

Watson has in-depth experience of working on social responsibility projects and regulation in the public interest. As well as previously chairing the Electoral Commission, she currently holds the same role for homeless charity The House of St Barnabas, and leads the independent complaints panel of the alcohol industry’s self-regulatory body the Portman Group. 

She was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 2017, for services to electoral democracy.

Her appointment is said to be the first of many changes set to come in for National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme Ltd ahead of its formal launch. While its GamStop tool has initially been launched as a voluntary tool, it is to become mandatory for all UK-licensed operators later this year. 

This will allow players that sign up to block access to all gambling sites in the UK for a period of six months, one or five years. 

“We are thrilled that Jenny has agreed to chair this important self-exclusion scheme as we approach our launch,” GamStop chief executive Fiona Palmer said. “Our priority is to provide a trusted environment for gamblers wishing to self-exclude and a fully independent chair with Jenny’s extensive experience will help us to achieve this”

Watson added: “I’m very pleased to be part of this important initiative which is already making a difference to people’s lives. 

“My immediate priorities will be to recruit additional independent board members and to put in place an initial evaluation of the scheme following the first 6 months of operation, which will help GamStop’s future development.”


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