Marcus Boyle is reportedly in line to be named the new chair of the Gambling Commission, as DCMS looks to install a “neutral” figure at the head of the regulator during the overhaul of the 2005 Gambling Act.
The former CSO at Deloitte, whose lack of prior gambling industry experience is understood to have been central to his appointment, is set to replace outgoing chair Bill Moyes at the end of his tenure this year.
“It is thought [Boyle’s] experience at Deloitte dealing with clients transforming their businesses helped his application for the £55,000-a-year role,” reported the Sunday Times. “The regulator is providing input into a government review of the Gambling Act, which sets out how firms can operate.”
“Boyle, 55, was selected ahead of Lord Chadlington, who founded the charity Action Against Gambling Harms. Others on the shortlist included Anna van der Gaag, chairwoman of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling. Boyle is likely to be seen as a more neutral appointment.”
With the UKGC in line to spearhead the first phase of legislative updates, the appointment of the more neutral candidate appears to be a positive indication of the government’s intention to deliver balanced reform.