Jenny Williams

Former CEO, UK Gambling Commission


Jenny Williams was until late 2015 the CEO and a Commissioner of the Gambling Commission UK, She is now on the Board of the (charitable) Fundraising Regulator , an independent Director on GB Greyhound Regulatory Board, and advises internationally on gambling and other regulatory policy and practise. Jenny was appointed in 2004, after a long career in government, to set up and lead the new national regulatory body for lotteries and commercial gambling created by the Gambling Act 2005. This legalised remote gambling and extended its predecessor Gaming Board’s remit to cover betting and arcades as well as casinos, bingo and slot machines. She led the Commission for a decade during which the Commission took over responsibility for the National Lottery in 2013 and, in 2014, implemented the legislative change to point of consumption regulation. (This extended the Gambling Commission’s regulatory remit to the 85% of the British remote gambling market supplied by overseas operators.) She was a trustee of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (chairing its e-gambling working group) from 2006-2014 , a member of the European Commission Expert Group of gaming regulators 2012-15 and is currently on UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation’s Advisory Board. Before her appointment to set up and lead the Gambling Commission Jenny had held a variety of senior civil service policy and project management posts (including a number involved in regulation of utilities and professions). She has a first class economics degree from Cambridge and worked on social policy research at Nuffield College Oxford before joining the civil service. She has been non –executive director of Northumbria Water Plc, of the National Campaign for the Arts and of Morley College , an adult education college, Vice Chair of Connection at St Martin’s, a homelessness charity, and is currently a trustee of Fight for Sight medical research charity.
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