The UK government has appointed Bill Moyes as the new chairman of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), replacing Philip Graf in the role.

Moyes will begin his five-year term later this month, taking over from Graf, who has held the position since March 2011 and has come to the end of his term.

In his career to date Moyes has been director general of the British Retail Consortium, before serving as founding executive of the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, the body responsible for oversight of NHS foundation trusts, semi-autonomous bodies responsible for the management of sections of the National Health Service across the UK.

He has also worked for Bank of Scotland Group and the UK Civil Service, where he worked for more than twenty years.

Moyes currently chairs the General Dental Counsel, which regulates dentists working in the UK, and has served on the board of the Legal Services Board, Priory Hospital Group and the Office of Fair Trading.

"I am delighted Bill Moyes is taking up the position as Chair of the Gambling Commission," Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Bradley said. "He has a wealth of experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors, which will serve him well at the Gambling Commission."

His appointment as UKGC chair has been made with the approval of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and, in line with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice, Moyes has declared that he does not participate in any political activity.