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26 March 2020 - Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Commissioners

Location: Virtual meeting by Skype


  • Bill Moyes (Chair)
  • John Baillie
  • Carol Brady
  • Stephen Cohen
  • Trevor Pearce
  • Jonathan Scott
  • Catharine Seddon

In attendance:

  • Neil McArthur
  • Sarah Gardner
  • Paul Hope
  • Tim Miller
  • Tamsin Morgan
  • Marie Perry
  • John Tanner
  • Helen Venn
  • Richard Watson
  • Vic Beaumont (items 1, 2 & 3)
  • (REDACTED) (Board Secretary)
  • (REDACTED) (item 5 only)
  • (REDACTED) (Legal)
  • (REDACTED) (notes)

Apologies: Alistair Quigley

CEO and Commissioner-only workshop session. To include COVID-19 business continuity update – not minuted.

Welcome, apologies and declarations of interest and ground rules for conduct of a remote meeting

There were no new declarations of interest.

The Chair outlined the ground rules for conduct of a remote meeting.

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

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 February 2020 were approved subject to an amendment to paragraphs 1.2. and 1.5.


The Board actions were reviewed.


The Board reviewed the forward look.


The Board noted the Chair’s business update. There were no comments.


2. Finance report

The Board noted the financial position and revised forecast out-turn.


3. Final 2020 to 2021 budget and business plan

The Board noted the paper.


The Board noted the 3NL and 4NLC budgets for 2020-21, which are subject to DCMS or HMT approval processes.

The Board approved the Gambling Regulation 2020-21 Business Plan and Budget.


4. Experts by Experience Panel (the Panel): Revised Approach

The Board noted the paper.


The Board noted the resource, support and COVID-19 contingencies required to deliver this revised approach.

The Board agreed:

  • an interim approach to create an Expert by Experiences Forum for England and Wales to inform current activity to reduce gambling harms over the next six months
  • to take part in induction activity with this group once a suitable time and format is confirmed.

5. National Lottery Competition Commercial Strategy

The Board noted the paper.


6. Update on The Three Challenges

The CEO updated the Board.


7. Any Other Business

Audit & Risk Committee: the Board noted the update.


Covid-19 risks to National Lottery Performance: the CEO provided an update to the Board.


Staff response to Covid-19 crisis: The Commission’s staff response to the Covid-19 crisis was commended by Board.


Items for discussion by exception only were noted and agreed as follows:

  • National Lottery Competition Committee update: the Board noted the update
  • late change of corporate control approach: the Board noted the revised approach and implementation plan
  • Advisory Board for Safer Gambling Terms of Reference: the Board approved the updated Terms of Reference.

8. Commissioner only SID session

Not minuted.

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