Marcus Boyle expected to become new Gambling Commission Chairman

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    Marcus Boyle expected to become new Gambling Commission Chairman

    Marcus Boyle has been chosen as the new Chairman of the Gambling Commission, according to a report from the Sunday Times.

    The 55-year-old is reportedly taking over the role from Bill Moyes, whose term as Chairman of the gambling watchdog comes to an end this year.

    Boyle is a former board member at accountancy firm Deloitte, is Chairman of the British American Drama Academy, and is a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery.

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is understood to have selected Boyle, who will be “a more neutral appointment” to the Commission. An official announcement regarding the appointment is expected to be made at some point this week.

    The regulator has in recent times come under intense scrutiny over its failure to tackle problem gambling, and is currently providing input into the ongoing Government review of the Gambling Act.

    It is understood that Boyle’s previous role as Chief Strategy Officer at Deloitte helped his application for the role, with his reported appointment at the Gambling Commission viewed as “an appointment which would likely be seen as a positive for the betting industry,” according to the Racing Post.

    The Racing Post also noted that “other candidates for his place included some from organisations which highlight potential harms associated with the industry and campaigned against them.”