Bill Butler leaves the Gambling Commission

Press release

Date: 21 May 2009

Bill Butler, Corporate Services Director at the Gambling Commission (the Commission), will be leaving in late July to take up the role of Chief Executive at the Security Industry Authority (SIA).  Bill joined the Commission in February 2006 as Director of Corporate Services on a fixed term contract specifically to get the Commission up and running.

Jenny Williams, the Commission's Chief Executive, said:
"Bill was a founder member of the team that set up the Commission and put in place the policies and practices that have got the Commission well on the road to being a first class regulator.  While we are sorry to lose him, he always planned to move on once we had got to this stage.  I am delighted that the SIA will now have the benefit of his experience and wish him well in his new role".


Notes to editors

The Gambling Commission

  1. 1. The Gambling Commission (the 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. 2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating all 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. 3.  Prior to his time at the Gambling Commission, Bill was finance lead on the team that established the Healthcare Commission and subsequently Director of Finance for that organisation. He occupied a number of senior roles at the Audit Commission, including Director of Health and Regional Director. Bill is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
  4. 4. The management changes announced in October 2008 anticipated Bill Butler's departure and the post of Corporate Services Director will cease following Bill's departure.

Further information

  1. For further information please contact us on (0121) 230 6700 or email