Harrison becomes UKGC chief executive

Harrison becomes UKGC chief executive

Monday, June 15, 2015 Totally Gaming
Sarah Harrison has more than 20 years' experience in regulation

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has appointed Sarah Harrison as its new chief executive.

The regulatory sector veteran, currently the senior partner (sustainable development) at energy regulator Ofgem, will join the UKGC in September, replacing Jenny Williams.

Harrison has been with Ofgem since 2000 and has worked in regulation for more than 20 years having spent eight years as director of the newly-formed Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of the Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) that governs the phone pay services industry.

“I am very pleased to be appointed chief executive of the Gambling Commission, and look forward to the challenges of keeping gambling fair and safe and regulating an industry which is changing rapidly with technology,” Harrison said.

“Working with the staff, industry, stakeholders and partners in government, I welcome the opportunity to build on the strong foundations laid by the Commission over the last decade.”

Before being appointed to her current role in 2009, Harrison also held the positions of managing director (corporate affairs) and director (communications).Harrison has led a series of investigations that have led to major companies such as Npower and British Gas paying multi-million-pound fines for failing to operate under UK rules. 

Philip Graf, chair of the UKGC, added: “I am delighted that Sarah is joining the Commission and look forward to working closely with her. We are making significant progress in our aims to raise standards in the gambling industry, empower consumers to manage the risks of gambling and to build partnership and understanding of gambling issues.

“Sarah has a wealth of experience in regulation along with social and consumer policy and communications – she is well placed to lead the Commission into its second decade as the regulator of commercial gambling in Great Britain.”  

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