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GB Gambling Commission reappoints two commissioners

| By Richard Mulligan
The GB Gambling Commission has reappointed two commissioners, who will begin their new periods of service from 31 December this year.
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Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has reappointed John Baillie and Catharine Seddon to the Commission’s board. They will serve in their posts until 10 April 2024.

Some eight commissioners work for the Gambling Commission, as well as chair Marcus Boyle.

Baillie is a chartered accountant and a former partner of KPMG in Scotland and London. He is a former chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, the Scottish local authority watchdog, and served two three-year terms.

Baillie was chair of Audit Scotland, the Scottish equivalent of the National Audit Office for several years, and a member of the Reporting Panel of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for nine years. Baillie was also a visiting professor of accountancy at the University of Edinburgh and has previously held similar appointments at other Scottish universities.

Seddon has 14 years of public service as a non-executive director, principally for national regulators. She has been the senior independent director for the Gambling Commission since 2017.

Seddon is deputy chair and chair of the Audit and Governance committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Senior Independent Director of the Legal Services Board. She has recently joined the board of the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service.

Previously, Seddon has held non-executive and committee roles with the Human Tissue Authority and The Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment, as a lay assessor on civil cases in the county courts and she is a presiding magistrate in Central London.

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