The Gambling Commission announced the appointment of Andrew Rhodes as interim chief executive for 18 months as the regulator needs a permanent replacement for Neil McArthur.
Rhodes’ most recent position was as registrar and chief operating officer at Swansea University. He earlier held senior positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and the DVLA.
“The Gambling Commission is one of the world’s most respected regulators. Hence, I am glad to be joining the team at such an important time,” Rhodes said.
McArthur’s tenure saw many changes to gambling regulation in the United Kingdom. It includes a ban on gambling with credit cards and major changes to online slot gameplay, as well as the launch of the government’s Gambling Act review last year.
“Andrew has a first-class track record of delivery, strong leadership, and innovation,” said Gambling Commission chairman Bill Moyes.
“I have no doubt he will prove to be an exceptional appointment here at the Commission.”