The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that Sarah Harrison is to depart her position as chief executive of the regulatory body.
Harrison will step down at the end of February next year to take up a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The UKGC has already commenced a search for a successor, with Neil McArthur, currently chief counsel and executive director at the regulator, to serve as acting chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.
“I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together; I am very confident that as the Commission delivers its new strategy it will go from strength to strength and will continue to make gambling in Britain fairer and safer,” Harrison said.
Bill Moyes, chairman of the UKGC, added: “The Gambling Commission has set an ambitious agenda and clear priorities for treating customers fairly and making play safer and our new three-year strategy embeds this approach for the future. Sarah’s impact has been significant in shaping this direction of travel.
“I and my board colleagues wish Sarah every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with her to deliver this agenda over the next few months.”
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