Sarah Harrison’s announcement that she is stepping down from her position with UKGC surprised everyone. She was a well-known Chief Executive with the UK Gambling Commission.
Her resignation will be enforced at the end of February 2018. She will be then awarded a position within the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.
The Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission, Bill Moyes, commented the sudden announcement: “The Gambling Commission has set an ambitious agenda and clear priorities for treating customers fairly and making play safer and our new three-year strategy embeds this approach for the future.
“Sarah’s impact has been significant in shaping this direction of travel. I and my Board colleagues wish Sarah every success for the future and look forward to continuing to work with her to deliver this agenda over the next few months.”
Sarah’s announcement stated: “I am proud of the work that all at the Commission have delivered together. I am very confident that as the Commission delivers its new strategy it will go from strength to strength and will continue to make gambling in Britain fairer and safer.”
The search for Sarah’s successor is already happening, however, until the right person is found to take her place, the Commission’s Chief Counsel and Executive Director, Neil McArthur will be appointed as an Acting CEO, starting from the very beginning of March, 2018, until a further announcement is made regarding the new CEO who will take the position as a permanent CEO.