Nick Tofiluk joins the Gambling Commission

Press release

Date: 1 October 2007

Nick Tofiluk will join the Gambling Commission on 5 November 2007 as the new Director of Operations.  Nick was previously Assistant Chief Constable with the West Midlands Police and this year worked on secondment with the National Policing Improvement Agency as Director of the Police National Database programme.

Nick will be based in Birmingham working closely with Hazel Canter, the Director of Licensing and Compliance, to set and implement operational policy.  His previous experience in intelligence support and coordination as well as his work with communities on the ‘safe cities’ agenda mean that he is well placed to lead the new phase of the Commission’s compliance and enforcement delivery.

Jenny Williams, CEO of the Commission, welcomed the appointment saying “Nick’s arrival at the Commission is timely as we take up our new powers as the regulator of commercial gambling in Britain.  His previous experience will build on the valuable contribution made by his predecessor, Phill Brear, to the initial phase of our development.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the public interest. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.
  2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating commercial gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
  3. Nick Tofiluk has been Assistant Chief Constable with West Midlands Police since 2001.  In April 2007 he was seconded to the National Policing Improvement Agency.  While with West Midlands Police Nick was in charge of the West Midlands Regional Task Force.  As a Director of the National Firearms Intelligence Unit, Programme Director for a National Ballistics Intelligent System and founder of the West Midlands Regional Information Sharing Forum he worked to raise crime detection rates and improve efficiency through the use of technology and development of a national police intelligence system.

For further information please contact John Travers on 0121 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk