Cole-Johnson Colin Paul
Following a licence review, the Commission decided that it was appropriate to issue Mr Colin Cole-Johnson with a warning under section 117(1)(a) of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act).
The reason for this decision was because as a Personal Management Licence holder, responsible for overall management and direction and regulatory compliance, at Rank Digital he failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the way in which he carried out his responsibilities in relation to licensed activities did not place Rank Digital in breach of their licence, in particular:
- Failure to comply with code of practice - Social Responsibility Code 3.7.2 Provision of credit. Compliance with this Social Responsibility Code is a condition of the operating licence by virtue of section 82(1) of the Act.
- Failure to comply with code of practice - Social Responsibility Code 3.4.1 Customer Interaction. Compliance with this Social Responsibility Code is a condition of the operating licence by virtue of section 82(1) of the Act.
In reaching our decision, we concluded that Mr Cole-Johnson was not solely accountable for the failings which related to the management of a VIP customer. Mr Cole-Johnson has been open and transparent throughout the engagement and has, since this issue, developed his knowledge of the Commission's compliance requirements.