The U.K. Gambling Commission has appointed Andrew Rhodes as its new interim chief executive. Rhodes replaces Sarah Gardner, who took over last March with the abrupt departure of Neil McArthur, in the wake of the regulatory failure of the Football Index.
Rhodes, who leaves Swansea University where he worked as chief registrar and operation officer, will serve as CEO for an 18-month period, according to SBC News.
In the past, Rhodes held senior roles in the Department for Work and Pensions, Food Standards Agency and the DVLA, part of a resume cataloging 20 years’ experience.
“Andrew has a first-class track record of delivery, strong leadership and innovation both in the private sector and in the civil service,” said Bill Moyes, Commission chairman. “It comes at a time when the spotlight is on gambling regulation and operators.”
As part of its mission, the Commission seeks to highlight customer affordability safeguards and consumer fairness protections.
“Protecting the public and players from gambling harm will continue to be central to our work and I am looking forward to meeting people from across the industry and those with lived experience.”