The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has appointed Nick Rust as the inaugural Chair of its Industry Forum. Assuming his role in November, Rust will serve as the Chair for a two-year term.
In the past, Rust has held prominent positions in the gambling and sports sectors, including a six-year tenure as the CEO of the British Horseracing Authority. He currently serves as the Chair of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission and as a Non-Executive Director of Redcar Racecourse.
Rust is a founding partner of GVS EQ, a company specializing in equine sports, and is a trustee of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
“I am delighted that Nick has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Commission’s Industry Forum. Nick’s extensive knowledge of the gambling sector makes him a valuable asset, and I am confident he will work with us to create a productive and insightful Industry Forum,” Marcus Boyle, Chair of the Commission, said.
The Industry Forum, established in September, will be made up of members from Britain’s gambling sector. They will provide the Commission with insight into the views of the industry about the Commission’s plans and its service to the industry and consumers, and provide insight into the wider environment in which they operate.
The Forum will sit alongside a range of stakeholder engagement initiatives and advisory groups that support the UKGC in ensuring its work is “evidence-led.” These include the Lived Experience Advisory Panel, the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, and the Digital Advisory Panel; and also consumer research, relationships with international regulators, and the regulator’s involvement with consumer insight organizations.
The Forum will share industry views on areas such as account management, consultations, and the Commission’s data program. In addition to recruiting and appointing a Chair of the Forum, the Commission also said that it will onboard other members “who understand the industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.” There will be around ten members representative of the wide range of gambling verticals.