October 31, 2023 4 min read


UKGC Welcomes Seven New Commissioners

The new members have been appointed in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments

The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission (UKGC) has welcomed seven new commissioners. Commencing September 11, 2023, these new appointees bring varied skill sets to the British regulator’s team.

According to the announcement, Charles Counsell, Helen Dodds, Sheree Howard and Claudia Mortimore will serve 5-year terms, while Lloydette Bai-Marrow, Helen Philips and David Rossington have been appointed for terms of 4 years.

The new members have been appointed in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments and will be remunerated at £14,160 a year.

Counsell, Dodds, Howard and Mortimore Will Serve 5-Year Terms

Charles Counsell recently completed a 4-year tenure as CEO of The Pensions Regulator and is an ex-CEO of the Money Advice Service. During his time in the former position, he developed its new corporate strategy to put the pension saver and delivered its first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Climate Change strategies.

Helen Dodds, meanwhile, is an international lawyer and consultant with years of experience in board positions. Currently sitting on the boards of the Human Tissue Authority, LegalUK and St John’s Eye Hospital Group, Dodds is also an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a qualified, non-practicing solicitor.

Sheree Howard, on the other hand, boasts 25 years of experience in British finance. She is serving as the executive director of risk and compliance oversight at the Financial Conduct Authority and a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Her financial experience is further backed by previous risk and compliance positions in the banking sector. In addition to that, she has previously served as a governor of a maintained Special Needs School and has supported charity organizations with free advice.

Claudia Mortimore has an extensive track record in criminal law and regulation. Having spent 25 years in the sector, she has prosecuted drugs, tax and money-laundering offenses for the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office and fraudulent trading offenses for the Department of Business. For the last 10 years, she has been working in senior positions at the Enforcement Division of the Financial Reporting Council, leading major investigations into audit and accountancy failures.

Bai-Marrow, Phillips and Rossington Will Spend 4 Years with the UKGC

Lloydette Bai-Marrow excels in anti-corruption. An economic crime lawyer, she is also the founding partner of Parametric Global Consulting, chair of Spotlight on Corruption’s board, a member of WhistleblowersUK’s legal panel and a trustee for the Unite Foundation. In addition to that, Bai-Marrow is a member of the Conduct Committee of the Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a senior visiting lecturer at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna and an avid promoter of the representation of black women in leadership roles.

Helen Phillips’ career in the public, private and charity sectors has seen her work in a variety of executive and non-executive roles. She is currently chair of NHS Professionals, chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and is concluding a term as chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her past experiences include positions at the Legal Services Board, Social Work England, Yorkshire Water, Loop Customer Management, Natural England and the Environment Agency. Phillips is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Last but not least, David Rossington is a former senior civil servant and an ex-member of the DCMS. He is currently serving as the deputy chair of the Advisory Committee on National Records and Archives. Rossington is also treasurer and deputy chair of Stoll, as well as treasurer of Arts at the Old Fire Station. Rossington is also a qualified accountant but doesn’t currently practice.


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