Andrew Rhodes to be Interim Chief Executive at UK Gambling Commission
Andrew Rhodes has been confirmed by The UK Gambling Commission as interim chief executive this march, after the withdrawal of Neil McArthur after holding the position for almost 15 years
UKGC heads claim that Rhodes is in for an 18-month period of “thorough search and fiercely competitive process” after being hired.
Prior to this, Rhodes has had a significant experience in private and public sectors (20 plus years), as well as in higher education (Swansea University).
Precedent to working as chief operating officer and registrar, he has also taken up senior roles at a number of organisations such as DVLA, Department for Work and Pensions and Food Standards Agency.
Rhodes commented about his admission:
“UKGK is easily one of the most remarkable and valued regulators globally, and I am thrilled to team up with them at such a major moment.
Our main focus remains the protection of the public and our clients from dangers imposed by gambling practices, and I cannot wait to meet individuals from the industry with a wealth of lived experience to acknowledge both the threats and opportunities moving forward.”
“As a regulator, we are lucky to have the opportunity to play an important role at the frontline of positive change, thanks to The Government’s Gambling Act review.”
In order to give current chairman Bill Moyes time to hire a new permanent CEO, UKGC has made a decision to recruit an Interim CEO, an announcement related to which is soon to be made.
Moyes says about Rhodes’ recruitment as Interim Chief Executive:
“Andrew is known for his top-tier professional record, fierce leadership and creative mindset in both private and public sectors.
In my mind there is no doubt Rhodes will further demonstrate brilliant performance here at UKGC, and I am excited to have an opportunity to work together with him as I finalise my departure from the group in September.”