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Britain’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Announces Grainne Hurst, as the Council’s new CEO!

Britain’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced the appointment of Entain’s group corporate affairs director, Grainne Hurst, as the Council’s new CEO.

Hurst joins The BGC from her previous role at Entain. The appointment comes as part of a wider restructuring of the BGC’s senior leadership. It follows January’s announcement that Brigid Simmonds will step down as the BGC’s chair. At the time, it was announced that Michael Dugher would serve as CEO “until a replacement is found”.

Current BGC CEO Michael Dugher will now move to become chair, replacing outgoing chair Brigid Simmonds OBE. Simmonds has been the BGC chair since its inception in 2019, overseeing the representation of the UK’s gambling industry.

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The BGC’s outgoing CEO Michael Dugher sees the announcement as “excellent news for both the BGC and its members. On his replacement he said: “Grainne’s wealth of experience, impressive leadership qualities, formidable campaigning skills and acumen will be essential in working with all of our members to take the BGC to the next level. She won a very tough, external recruitment process and clearly demonstrated that she has not only mission critical knowledge and experience in the regulated industry – both online and in the land based sector – but also a strong vision for continued change and improvement at the Betting and Gaming Council.”

On the appointment Hurst said: “I am delighted to be joining the BGC at such a crucial time for its members and the millions of customers they serve. I am very grateful to Michael Dugher for everything he has done in establishing the BGC and I look forward to working closely with him to move it forward.

My focus will always be on ensuring that we have a well regulated industry which protects customers and looks after their interests. The betting industry in the UK has world leading businesses and iconic brands and I will work hard to ensure they remain so. There is much to be done and I look forward to getting started.”

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