The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) in the UK is on the lookout for a new chief executive to lead the regulated betting and gaming industry through a period of substantial transformation. The BGC is seeking a leader who can inspire the industry, build trust, enhance confidence internally, and collaborate with external stakeholders as the sector enters its fifth year.
The new CEO will replace current chief executive Michael Dugher, who is set to become the organization’s next chair following Brigid Simmonds’ departure in April. This leadership reshuffle aims to bring a fresh perspective to the organization, allowing it to better adapt to rising industry challenges and regulatory uncertainties during a tumultuous period for the UK gambling sector.
The successful candidate will report to the executive chairman and play a pivotal role in shaping the BGC’s future. They will be responsible for building and leading a visionary team that aligns with the organization’s strategic vision and must be a seasoned industry professional knowledgeable of current industry trends.
According to a BGC announcement, the organization is looking for an individual who can advocate for the industry at the most senior levels, build and maintain trusted relationships, influence the political and media debate, and work with a wide range of stakeholders.
Michael Dugher expressed his anticipation of welcoming a new CEO as he transitions to the role of chairman. He believes that his substantial experience within the organization will allow him to quickly bring his successor up to speed, avoiding significant disruptions to the BGC’s operations.
Established in 2019, the BGC is committed to prioritizing customer welfare, elevating standards beyond regulatory requirements, and ensuring a safer and fairer betting and gaming environment for all participants. As the representative body for the UK’s regulated betting and gaming sector, excluding the National Lottery, the BGC collaborates with diverse entities including betting shops, casinos, and online platforms.
The organization has directed most of its efforts towards protecting the gambling sector’s interests amidst the ongoing UK gambling reform. It has reiterated its support for high standards and balanced, proportionate, and efficient reforms. The search for the next chief executive underscores the BGC’s commitment to driving positive change, fostering responsible gambling, and ensuring the industry’s sustainability.
The selected leader will contribute significantly to shaping the future trajectory of the UK betting and gaming sector, maintaining positive dialogue with government institutions and other stakeholders.