Willetts will join the Betting and Gaming Council from the Ministry of Defence.
UK.- The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has named Ministry of Defence communications chief David Willetts as its new director of communications and digital. Willetts replaces Kevin Schofield, who left the BGC to become political editor at the Huffington Post.
Willets also has a background in journalism, having worked at The Sun for more than 10 years. In his latest role, he has served as press secretary to Conservative Cabinet Minister Ben Wallace and head of ministerial communications at the Ministry of Defence.
He will begin his new role at the UK gaming industry association in the new year and will be assisted by deputy director of communications and digital, Michael Denoual.
Willetts said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Betting and Gaming Council and can’t wait to get started. They’ve already made big strides increasing standards across the industry and I’m looking forward to working with the excellent team to drive that work on.”
BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “The BGC is the standards body committed to driving big changes across the regulated betting and gaming industry. David Willetts is a brilliantly experienced and respected former journalist and communications professional with an outstanding reputation in the media and in government.
“David will be a formidable asset for the BGC. He also joins a strong team which includes the superbly talented Michael Denoual.”
The Betting and Gaming Council has been working to increase standards in the industry while also fighting against calls for a ban on gambling advertising in the UK. It recently welcomed Facebook’s decision to allow users to opt-out from betting ads.