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Annual Report and Accounts 2022 to 2023

The Gambling Commission's 2022 to 2023 Annual Report and Accounts. For the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

  1. Contents
  2. Directors’ report - Board of Commissioners

Directors’ report - Board of Commissioners

The Gambling Commission is made up of non-executive Commissioners, appointed by the Secretary of State, and led by a Chair. The Commission’s key decision-making body is the Board of Commissioners. Details of the Chair and Commissioners for 2022 to 2023, including their declared interests, can be found as follows.

Recruitment for six new Commissioner posts was opened in January 2023 and is expected to result in appointments later in 2023. Two Commissioners (John Baillie and Catharine Seddon) were appointed for additional terms this year, and two Commissioners’ terms of appointment were extended (Carol Brady and Trevor Pearce) to allow for managed succession. Three Commissioners resigned in September 2022 (Brian Bannister, Terry Babbs and Jo Hill), and one new Commissioner (David Rossington) was appointed in January 2023.

The Commission is managed by the Executive Team, led by the Chief Executive. Executive Team meetings are the key management decision-making body. Details of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team for 2022 to 2023, including their declared interests, can be found in this section of this report.

Marcus Boyle


Marcus was appointed Chair of the Commission in September 2021 for a term of five years.

Marcus has extensive leadership experience across both the public and private sectors. He has delivered major organisational changes in public institutions, banks, media organisations, and other industries as well as the charitable sector.

He was an equity partner in two leading global professional services firms and served as a Board Member, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He is a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery and Chair of The Room Unlocked. He has also been appointed as a non-executive board member at the Cabinet Office.

Marcus Boyle's declaration of interests.

John Baillie

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

John is a Chartered Accountant and a former partner of one of the Big Four accountancy and consulting firms in Scotland and London.

He is a former chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, the Scottish local authority watchdog, and served two three-year terms. He was also chair of Audit Scotland, the Scottish equivalent of the National Audit Office (NAO) for several years, and a member of the Reporting Panel of the UK Competition and Markets Authority for nine years.

He held the Chair of Accountancy and Finance at the University of Glasgow. He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and held similar appointments at other Scottish universities.

John Baillie's declaration of interests.

Stephen Cohen

Chair of National Lottery Competition Committee

Stephen has over 40 years’ experience in asset management in Asia, Europe and the USA. He started his career with Mercury Asset Management and worked both as a portfolio manager and in business development.

He is Chair of Audit for the JPMorgan Japan Investment Trust plc, the Advanced Research Invention Agency and the Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc, a Commissioner for the Civil Service and a Trustee of Doctors in Distress.

Stephen brings a global business perspective, deep experience of finance and financial services regulation, corporate governance, as well as board engagement, activism and fintech.

Stephen Cohen's declaration of interests.

Trevor Pearce CBE QPM

Chair of National Lottery Committee, Remuneration Committee and Reset

Trevor Pearce has had a 40-year career in law enforcement.

Starting at Kent County Constabulary, he moved to national agencies becoming director general at both the National Crime Squad and Serious Organised Crime Agency.

More recently, Trevor has focused on regulatory roles and risk management. He is chair of UK Anti-Doping and trustee of Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity providing residential services to adults with learning difficulties.

Trevor brings experience of running large complex organisations, dealing with international serious and organised crime, anti-money laundering, integrity and anti-corruption.

Trevor Pearce's declaration of interests.

Catharine Seddon

Senior Independent Director

Catharine brings experience of regulation in a wide variety of sectors.

Catharine spent 20 years as a filmmaker before taking up public non-executive roles. She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and specialised in high-end film documentaries, eventually setting up her own production company.

She became a magistrate in 2002 and left the media industry to take up a variety of other judicial roles within the tribunal service, and to join the Human Tissue Authority and sit on the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator.

Catharine is currently Deputy Chair and Audit and Governance Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, as well as the senior independent director of the Legal Services Board. She has recently been appointed as Institute Director (non-executive) of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Disciplinary Committee member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Catharine also tutors for the Civil Service College, and sits on the Board of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

Additionally, Catharine is a founding member of the Health Service Products Appeal tribunal and a trustee for special needs charity, CPotential.

Catharine Seddon's declaration of interests.

Carol Brady MBE


Carol began her career within trading standards and held roles in the former Department for Trade and Industry where she helped set up the Consumer Direct advice helpline.

Her career has been focused on consumer protection and her previous roles have also included chairing the claims management regulation unit at the Ministry of Justice, chairing the Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s Board, and Birmingham’s Assay Office, which oversees the assaying of precious metals in the UK. She has been a senior ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman and as an independent advisory member at the Commission for Local Administration (Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman).

She is currently the owner and managing director of a consumer protection consultancy.

Carol was awarded an MBE in 2016 in recognition of her services to consumers and better regulation. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

Carol left her role in July 2023 and therefore the related declaration of interests has been remove from our website.

David Rossington CB


David is a former senior civil servant. He has worked for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), including as finance director, and other government departments and he has extensive knowledge of gambling policy and the National Lottery.

David has been a member of many Boards over a number of years and has undertaken a wide range of work on policy, finance and efficiency, and commercial and delivery.

David has assisted the Commission as an independent member of the National Lottery Competition Committee and is the deputy chair of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives which works with the National Archives. He is Treasurer of a charity for veterans (Stoll) and an Oxford community arts charity (Arts at the Old Fire Station).

David holds a degree in History and French from Oxford, a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School, Harvard University, and an economics MSc from Birkbeck College, London. David also took an accountancy qualification while a civil servant although he is no longer in practice.

David was appointed as a Commissioner from 9 January 2023.

David Rossington's declaration of interests.

Terry Babbs

Chair of Finance and Performance Committee (resigned)

Terry resigned from his role as Commissioner in September 2022.

Brian Bannister

Commissioner (resigned)

Brian resigned from his role as Commissioner in September 2022.

Jo Hill

Commissioner (resigned)

Jo resigned from her role as Commissioner in September 2022.

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