Corporate Governance Framework
Status of the Gambling Commission
1.1. The Commission is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (opens in new tab) (DCMS).
1.2. The Commission was created by section 20 of the Gambling Act 2005. The Commission took over the National Lottery Commission’s functions on 1 October 2013 as a result of the Public Bodies (Merger of the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission) Order 2013 (opens in new tab) coming into force.
1.3. The Commission consists of a Chair and other Commission members (“Commissioners”) appointed by the Secretary of State in accordance with guidance issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
1.4. The Chair and other Commissioners’ single term of office may not exceed five years, and aggregate terms may not exceed ten years (irrespective of whether these periods of appointment are consecutive).
1.5. A person may hold an appointment both as Chief Executive and as a Commissioner.
1.6. The Chair holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of his or her appointment. The Chair may resign by giving notice in writing to the Secretary of State and shall cease to be Chair if he/she ceases to be a Commissioner.
1.7. The jurisdiction of the Commission under the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) (as amended) covers Great Britain – England, Scotland, and Wales1. With regard to its functions under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (opens in new tab) (as amended) the Commission’s jurisdiction also includes Northern Ireland. The Commission will establish and maintain appropriate working relationships within each administration, taking account of the differences between them.
1.8. The Commission aims to establish appropriate and effective working relationships with licensing authorities, the operator of the National Lottery, the gambling industry, those working in the industry, the public, and others with an interest in socially responsible gambling and its regulation. In addition, the Commission will work closely with a range of other regulators and government bodies to share information and, where appropriate, to take coordinated regulatory action.
1.9. Under Schedule 4 of the Gambling Act 2005, the Commission is required to establish arrangements for the conduct of its proceedings and to publish them. The arrangements are set out in Appendix 2: Rules for the conduct of business.
1 The following sections of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab) also apply to Northern Ireland: chain gifting (section 43), advertising foreign gambling (section 331), and the repeal of ss.9-9B of the 1981 Act (section 340).
Last updated: 27 July 2023
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