Trevor Pearce has been reappointed to the UK Gambling Commission's board of directors.
Pearce’s second four-year term will commence on July 1, and runs until the end of June 2023. He was first appointed to the UK regulator's board in July 2015.
Pearce has a background in law enforcement, having spent 40 years working in local policing and national agencies. He spent the majority of his career working in various specialist investigation and intelligence roles, also serving as director general of both the National Crime Squad and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Aside from his work with the Gambling Commission, Pearce is currently chair of the UK Anti-Doping organisation, as well as a trustee of the learning disability charity Canterbury Oast Trust and human trafficking pressure group Stop the Trafik.
Pearce’s reappointment comes at a time when the Commission is seeking to enhance its approach to responsible gambling, with a new strategy due to roll out early this year.
The National Responsible Gambling Strategy will come into effect when the regulator’s current three-year strategy concludes in March. The new strategy includes 12 priority actions for the Commission, ranging from consulting a culture of evaluation to piloting intervention.
As part of this process, the regulator is inviting contributions towards the new strategy on five priority areas: research to inform action, prevention, treatment, evaluation and gambling businesses. This consultation period will run until February 15.