The Gibraltar Government has appointed William Hill’s director of regulatory affairs Andrew Lyman as its new head of the Gambling Division.

Lyman is expected to take up his position in January following a near year-long search for a replacement for Phill Brear, who has led the division for nearly ten years.

Lyman has been with William Hill for the past 8 years as director of group regulatory affairs and head of public affairs. His previous roles include acting CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers, director of monitoring and enforcement for the UK Gambling Commission, Enforcement Lawyer/Investigator for the UK Financial Services Authority, and tax investigations manager at PwC.

“Andrew is very well known in the industry here, in the UK and further afield as an authoritative voice on policy, regulation, public affairs and the operation and development of all aspects of remote and non-remote gambling,” said Albert Isola, Minister with responsibility for Gambling in Gibraltar. “His experience with HMRC, the FSA, the Gambling Commission, William Hill and more widely with industry bodies made him an outstanding candidate in the selection process and we are delighted he is joining us in Gibraltar."

The Government confirmed that it has planned for a technical handover with the outgoing Brear, who will then step into a new advisory role with both the Government and the Gambling Division.

Together, they will prepare for a series of changes to Gibraltar’s taxation arrangements, the introduction of the Gambling Act Review, and new regulatory policies and codes that will be rolled out during 2018.

"Andrew will now be driving the excellent work of the Gambling Division and enhancing that process,” Isola added. “Government recognises that this area needs more resource and support and we are very fortunate to have Andrew joining us. I am pleased that we will continue to have the experience, knowledge and support of Phill Brear in his new position supporting Andrew and Government in this area.

“Gibraltar remains committed to supporting the Gaming Community and to providing the very best in remote and all other gambling services, safely and securely, and Andrew's appointment reflects this commitment and determination to remain best in class."

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