The appointment of Marcus Boyle as the new Chair of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been welcomed by Brigid Simmonds, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).

Boyle’s appointment to lead the UKGC comes as the government continues with its overhaul of British betting and gaming regulatory oversight as part of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which will also see an examination of the Commission’s roles and resources conducted.

The new appointee was announced by DCMS Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, with Boyle replacing former Chair Bill Moyes on 5 September for a five-year term on a £55,000 annual salary, whilst a white paper on the aforementioned Gambling Act review is due for publication.

Simmonds remarked: “I would like to congratulate Marcus Boyle and warmly welcome him to his new role. As part of our continued commitment to ever higher standards on safer gambling, the BGC will continue to work with the Gambling Commission, as well as with the Government on their evidence-led Gambling Review 

“I would also like to thank Marcus’s predecessor Bill Moyes for working with us over the last two years and wish him well for the future.”

Boyle’s previous experience has primarily been in the financial sector, having most recently served as an equity partner for Deloitte where he served as a board member, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Outside of finance, he has also worked prominently in the arts, currently holding the position of chair of the British American Drama Academy and is a trustee of London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Boyle’s experience in managing both public and private sector roles was highlighted by the Commission, which noted that he had led the development and implementation “of a major programme of reform at a public sector body, driving change based on his robust financial management and governance capabilities”.