British Gambling Commission reappoints commissioners

John Baillie and Catharine Seddon's tenure has been extended for another year.
John Baillie and Catharine Seddon's tenure has been extended for another year.

The tenures of commissioners John Baillie and Catharine Seddon have been extended for another year.

UK.- The UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has reappointed John Baillie and Catharine Seddon as commissioners at the British Gambling Commission.

Baillie and Seddon have served on the British regulator’s board since their appointment by the then DCMS secretary John Whittingdale in 2016. Their tenure has been extended for another year.

Baile is a former partner of KPMG in Scotland and London and former chair of Audit Scotland, the independent body that audits public institutions.

He was also a governor at the ICAS Foundation, which sponsors young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through university degrees in accounting or finance.

Seddon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and has experience working with national regulators in four government departments.

At the Gambling Commission, Seddon sits on the fourth National Lottery Competition Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the RESET change programme.

Following a cabinet reshuffle last week, John Whittingdale has returned to the DCMS as sports undersecretary, replacing Nigel Huddleston. He will now oversee the government’s review of gambling legislation.

The change has received some criticism from anti-gambling campaigners, who argue that Whittingdale was too favourable towards the gambling sector during his previous tenure.

The government was also criticised for making changes in the middle of its review of the 2005 Gambling Act.

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