Sarah Harrison’s reign at the Gambling Commission came to a close this week as she officially stepped down as chief executive.
Ending a two and a half year term at the helm, Harrison’s duties will be assumed on an interim basis by the GC’s general counsel Neil McArthur.
A qualified solicitor, McArthur has been at the Gambling Commission since 2006. He will hold the interim chief executive post while the recruitment process for a permanent appointment continues. It is understood that McArthur has shown interest in the role.
The change of guard at the Gambling Commission comes at a particularly sensitive time with the regulator’s reputation within industry circles described by a number of gaming operators as at an all-time low.
The new appointee will need to navigate some tricky waters very quickly with new stakes and prizes on the schedule and an industry determined that its voice is listened rather than dismissed.