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The National Lottery Commission

Background Info

UK Gambling Commission

The National Lottery Commission's role is to monitor the UK National Lottery and report on the performance of Camelot (the operator), and to enforce its licence.
It also selects the operator of the lottery.
The Commission does not handle any applications for lottery funds or distribute any lottery money.
It does not actually run the lottery. Its website explains the Commission's work in detail and provides general information about the National Lottery.
The Commission was set up on 1 April 1999 to replace the predecessor body, the Office of the National Lottery headed by the Director General of the National Lottery.
The five Commissioners are presently: Dr Anne Wright CBE, Robert Foster, Brian Pomeroy, Timothy Hornsby and Sarah Thane. No Commissioner can chair for longer than one year at a time.

  • Dr Anne Wright CBE is Chair of the National Lottery Commission. She is also Director of AWA Ltd, an educational consultancy which advises Government and academia. Among her current assignments are e-learning consultant to the Department for Education and Skills. She holds a number of non-executive roles including Member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and Board Member, English Partnerships. Former posts include Chief Executive of the University for Industry and Vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
  • Robert Foster was until September 2004, Chief Executive of the Competition Commission. He has also held a number of senior posts in Whitehall including responsibility for the Department of Trade and Industry's innovation expenditure and Director of Aerospace and Defence Industries. He has handled major projects including the planning and setting up of the Office of Science and Technology, and chairing the Project Board of the PFI Project to rebuild the National Physical Laboratory. Previously he was an engineering manager in the telecommunications and electronics industries. He holds a number of Non-Executive Director appointments including the board of King's College Hospital NHS Trust, the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Oxford Capital Partners.
  • Brian Pomeroy CBE chaired the Commission from 16 October 2002 to 15 October 2003 and also during its first year (1999 - 2000). He was Senior Partner at Deloitte Consulting and now holds a number of public and non-executive appointments. He is Chairman of the Treasury's Financial Inclusion Taskforce, a board member of the Audit Commission and a director of the Social Market Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of Centrepoint and of Homeless Link, the national organisation for the homelessness sector. He was also an independent member of the Council of Lloyd's and a member of the Pensions Protection & Investments Accreditation Board.
  • Timothy Hornsby was from 1995 until his retirement on March 23, 2001, Chief Executive of the National Lotteries Charities Board (NLCB). Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames from 1991 to 1995. He has held senior appointments at HM Treasury and the Department of the Environment in a civil service career spanning 1965 to 1991. He was also Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council from 1988-1991. He is currently a Director of the Charles Darwin Trust, Chair of the Harkness Fellows Association and Chair of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
  • Sarah Thane CBE was appointed as a National Lottery Commissioner in October. She is an independent consultant on broadcasting regulation and is currently advising the BBC Governors on regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining the Commission, Sarah was Advisor, Content and Standards at Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator. She has also spent time at the ITC, where she was Director of Programmes and Advertising. Sarah is a non-executive director of Films of Record, an independent film production company, and has recently been appointed a justice of the peace in West Suffolk. She is a Fellow and former Chair of the Royal Television Society.

The Commission's statutory duties are:

  • Ensuring the National Lottery and its games are run and promoted with all due propriety;
  • Protecting the interest of participants, and subject to these; and
  • Ensuring the most money is raised for good causes.

Sarah Hanratty Joins the National Lottery Commission as Head of Communications
The National Lottery Commission welcomed Sarah Hanratty as its Head of Communications on 3 August 2004.

News Archives for CY2018

News 2017
November 21, 2017 Good-Cause Funds from National Lottery Down by £37m in First Half of the Year
November 11, 2017 Gambling Legislation Needs a Clear Direction
November 11, 2017 Billionaire Owner of Daily Express and Daily Star is Preparing to Tender for the UK Lottery Franchise When it Comes Up for Renewal in 2019
October 16, 2017 National Lottery Goes TEN Draws Without a Jackpot Winner
September 30, 2017 National Lottery Faces Nationwide Boycott Over Rollover ‘Farce’
September 30, 2017 National Lottery Website Brought Down by Cyber Hack Attack Leaving Thousands Unable to Buy Tickets
June 16, 2017 National Lottery Sees Sales Slump as Players Blast New Format that Delivers Endless Roll-Overs
May 10, 2017 Big Lottery Fund Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Charity Commission
May 10, 2017 David Pemberton Appointed Gambling Commission Chief Operating Officer
May 5, 2017 Moves Afoot to Stop Bookmakers Harming Good Causes by Offering Bets on Lottery Results
March 29, 2017 Gambling Commission Urges Industry to Take Consumer Complaints More Seriously

News 2015
April 21, 2015 Lottery Reviews Consumer PR Agencies
February 20, 2015 National Lottery reaches 2,000th draw after 20-year history


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