The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is on the lookout for its next chief executive as the UK’s regulated betting and gaming industry continues to undergo significant transformations in its fifth year. The BGC is seeking a leader who can inspire the industry, build trust, enhance confidence internally, and collaborate with external stakeholders.

The new CEO will replace current chief executive Michael Dugher, who will take on the role of chairman as Brigid Simmonds steps down in April. This leadership reshuffle aims to bring a fresh perspective to the organization, enabling it to better adapt to rising industry challenges and regulatory uncertainties during a tumultuous period for the UK gambling sector.

The chief executive will report to the executive chairman and play a pivotal role in shaping the BGC’s future. Responsibilities include building and leading a visionary team aligned with the strategic vision for the organization. The organization is seeking a seasoned industry professional with knowledge of current industry trends to fill this vital role.

In a statement, the BGC emphasized the need for an individual who can advocate for the industry at the highest levels, build and maintain trusted relationships, influence the political and media debate, and work with a wide range of stakeholders.

Current CEO Michael Dugher expressed his anticipation of welcoming a new CEO in the spring as he transitions into the role of chairman. His substantial experience within the organization should facilitate a smooth handover, avoiding significant disruptions to the BGC’s operations.

Established in 2019, the BGC is dedicated to prioritizing customer welfare, elevating standards beyond regulatory requirements, and ensuring a safer and fairer betting and gaming environment for all participants within the regulated betting and gaming sector, excluding the National Lottery.

The BGC has been focused on protecting the gambling sector’s interests amidst ongoing UK gambling reform by supporting high standards and balanced, proportionate, and efficient reforms. The search for the next chief executive illustrates the BGC’s commitment to driving positive change, fostering responsible gambling, and ensuring the industry’s sustainability. The selected leader will significantly contribute to shaping the future trajectory of the UK betting and gaming sector while maintaining positive dialogue with government institutions and other stakeholders.

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