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17 June 2021 - Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners

Location: Virtual meeting by Microsoft Teams


  • Bill Moyes (Chair)
  • Terry Babbs
  • John Baillie
  • Brian Bannister
  • Carol Brady
  • Stephen Cohen
  • Jo Hill
  • Trevor Pearce
  • Catharine Seddon

In attendance:

  • Sarah Gardner
  • Sally Jones
  • Tim Miller
  • Andrew Rhodes
  • John Tanner
  • Helen Venn
  • (REDACTED) (item 9 only, observing)
  • (REDACTED) (item 4 only)
  • (REDACTED) (Board Secretary)
  • Ben Haden (items 5 and 6 only)
  • (REDACTED) (notes)
  • (REDACTED) (item 7 only)
  • (REDACTED) (interim Director of Legal)
  • Marie Perry (items 11 and 12 only)
  • (REDACTED) (items 4 and 5 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 6 only)
  • (REDACTED) (Chair, ABSG)
  • (REDACTED) (Chair, DAP)
  • (REDACTED) (Chair, LEAP) (items 1-8 only)
  • (REDACTED) (Director of Sport, Gambling and Ceremonials, DCMS) (items 4 and 5 only)
  • (REDACTED) (item 10 only)

Apologies: None

1. Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.

There were no apologies.

There were no declarations of interest.

2. Introduction to the new interim CEO

The Chair welcomed the new interim CEO to the Commission; the Board is delighted with this appointment.

The new interim CEO introduced himself and noted he has very clear objectives from the Board, and looks forward to working with the Board and other Commission colleagues.

3. Minutes, actions, forward look

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

The actions were reviewed and updated.


The forward look was reviewed and updated.


4. Customer interaction

The Board noted the paper.


The Director of Sport, Gambling and Ceremonials, DCMS (DCMS Director), joined the meeting.


5. Gambling Act Review (GAR) update

The Board noted the paper.


The DCMS Director thanked the Board for inviting him to the meeting and noted he looks forward to working with the new interim CEO.

6. Approval of consultation response: participation and prevalence research methodology

The Board noted the report.


7. ABSG progress report

The Board noted the report.


The Board thanked ABSG for an excellent and balanced report.


8. Approval of consultation response: regulatory panel reform

The Board noted the paper.


the Board approved the recommendations as outlined in the paper. (REDACTED)

9. Regulatory approach to products with dual regulatory remits

The Board noted the paper.


After discussing the three options outlined in the paper, the Board supported option 1. (REDACTED)

10. Social and economic impact of the gambling industry

The Chair welcomed Lord Grade to the meeting. Lord Grade thanked the Board for inviting him.

A discussion with Lord Grade and the Board ensued.


11. Annual report and accounts:

Audit and Risk Committee assurance (ARC) report to Board & ARC Annual Report: the Board noted the report.


Annual report and accounts (ARA) 2020-21.

The Board noted the annual report and accounts.


12. Finance report

The Finance report has been withdrawn.


13. Committee assurance reports

Finance and Performance Committee (FPC): the Board noted the report.


Reset: the Board noted the assurance update, as follows: , key points as follows:

  • at its meeting on Monday 13 June 2021, a very satisfactory update was given on the project deliverables, with good progress being made and some outstanding work begin carried out for Reset overall

NLC and NLC annual report to Board: the Board noted the NLC assurance update and annual report to Board.


14. 4NLC update

The Board noted the update.


15. Any other business

The Board noted an update on BetIndex.


16. Private session

Not minuted.

17. Below the line items

Draft framework agreement: this was shared with the Board earlier this year, but as it is still in development, a further version has not been shared with the Board at the current time.

Recording of decisions by correspondence were noted:


  • appointment of interim CEO: the Board approved the appointment of the new, interim CEO, from 15 June 2021 for a period of eighteen months.

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