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21 May 2020 - Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners

Location: Virtual meeting by Skype


  • Bill Moyes
  • Terry Babbs
  • John Baillie
  • Brian Bannister
  • Carol Brady
  • Stephen Cohen
  • Jo Hill
  • Martin Narey
  • Trevor Pearce
  • Catharine Seddon

In attendance:

  • Neil McArthur
  • Sarah Gardner
  • Paul Hope
  • Tim Miller
  • Marie Perry
  • John Tanner
  • Helen Venn
  • Richard Watson
  • (REDACTED) (Board Secretary)
  • (REDACTED) (Legal)
  • (REDACTED) (notes)
  • Tamsin Morgan
  • (REDACTED) (Head of Market Insight) (item 2, part 1)


  • Vic Beaumont
  • Alistair Quigley

Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest

1. Minutes, rolling actions, forward look and Chair’s business

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 April 2020 were approved.

The rolling actions were reviewed and updated.

The Board forward look was reviewed and updated.

The Board noted the Chair’s business update.


2. CEO Report: Management of the crisis (SR12 – COVID-19)

The CEO ran through the presentation by section, as follows, with the Head of Market Insight presenting for most of part 1:

Part 1: industry impacts of COVID-19, our latest evidence and actions:

The slides show the Commission’s impact modelling based on updated data and on the emerging path from lockdown, both for the wider economy and the gambling sector specifically.


Part 2 – corporate plans for recovery from COVID-19

The Commission is working to develop its own exit strategy, keeping up with the industry and addressing the concerns of its employees. A working group has been set up to lead this work and has begun to develop a framework of principles liaising with trade bodies, awaiting further guidance from the Government in mid-June 2020, looking at a gradual, phased reopening.

Part 3 – fees, Annual Report and levy advice

The Board noted the update.


Part 4 – National Audit Office (NAO) report, emerging Public Account Committee (PAC) report and wider engagement with other political stakeholders:

The Board noted the update.


Part 5: updates on organisational management:

The Board noted the update.


3. Appointment of new Committee memberships (SR9 – improve the way we regulate)

The Board noted the paper.

The Board approved the recommendation, as set out in the Board paper, as follows:

  • the revised membership of Audit and Risk Committee, Finance and Performance Committee, National Lottery Committee and Remuneration Committee as listed at paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Board paper, effective 22 May 2020
  • action required to put the revised committee membership into effect will be undertaken by the Board Secretary
  • the Board also approved the creation of the Finance and Performance Committee. with Terms of Reference to be tabled at the 18 June 2020 Board meeting for approval.

Actions: Board Secretary to put revised Committee memberships into effect. Board Secretary to table Finance and Performance Committee Terms of Reference at 18 June 2020 Board meeting.

4. Any Other Business

There was no other business.

Below the line items: Audit and Risk Committee update.


5. Commissioner & CEO session only

Not minuted.

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