DCMS announces extensions for Baillie & Seddon as UKGC commissioners

DCMS has extended the stay of John Baillie and Catharine Seddon as commissioners to provide policy guidance to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Baillie and Seddon have served as UKGC advisors since 2016, having been appointed by former DCMS Secretary John Whittingdale, under the cabinet of PM David Cameron.

DCMS outlined that the UKGC would maintain its regulatory advisory of eight commissioners, supporting the new leadership team of Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes and Chairman Marcus Boyle.

A former partner of KPMG in Scotland and London, Baillie is the former Chair of the Accounts Commission of Scotland, in which he served two three-year terms leading the regional authority watchdog.

Baillie’s regulatory experience has seen him serve as the Chair of Audit Scotland and as a member of the Reporting Panel of the UK Competition and Markets Authority for nine years.

He was also a visiting professor of accountancy at the University of Edinburgh and has previously held similar positions at other Scottish universities.

Seddon has 14 years of public service as a non-executive director, primarily advising national regulators. She is Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Governance committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Senior Independent Director of the Legal Services Board.

Seddon recently joined the board of the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service.