Gambling Commission Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

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Written by Ian Bruce
Published on Friday 12th May 2017, 9:34 am
Posted in: Casino Business


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The Gambling Commission has announced that it has appointed David Pemberton to replace Sue Harley as Chief Operating Officer. Pemberton will join the Commission in June, and his responsibilities will primarily including overseeing multiple aspects of its corporate services, including finance, risk, planning, human resources and information technology.


Pemberton will be joining the Commission after working as Executive Director for Business in the Community – an organisation in which he was previously responsible for its regional operations in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber. He has also worked for a number of other high-profile companies, including Nissan, Ford and Credit Suisse.

The Gambling Commission, which is overseen by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, was established as part of the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain, and for more than a decade it has been helping to keep gambling as safe and trustworthy for players as possible. It licences and regulates operators who offer gambling services of any kind, including sports betting, bingo, casinos, arcades, online gambling and more, and it also regulates the National Lottery under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

‘I’m delighted to welcome David to the Commission’s executive team,’ said Chief Executive Sarah Harrison. ‘He brings a wealth of expertise in leading change and developing corporate functions that are high performing and that deliver value for money.’

She continued: ‘This work is key to ensuring we have an organisation that is both effective and efficient as we deliver on our objectives to keep gambling fair, safe and free from crime.’

Pemberton himself also expressed enthusiasm for his new role. ‘I’m very pleased to be joining the Gambling Commission,’ he said. ‘I am looking forward to contributing my experience to help shape the organisation’s skills, capabilities, structure and ways of working.'

He added: ‘This is an exciting time to join the Commission as it increasingly focuses on putting the consumer at the heart of its work and I welcome the opportunity to play my part in that important work.’

We congratulate David Pemberton on his new appointment, and we wish the Commission continued success in making sure that Great Britain maintains its worldwide reputation for being one of the safest and fairest nations for gambling enthusiasts, irrespective of whether they play online or offline.

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