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Culture Secretary extends the term of the Chair of the Gambling Commission

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP has extended the term of appointment of Philip Graf CBE until 2 September 2016

Philip Graf is Chairman of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy and service organisation, and an associate of Praesta Partners LLP. He is also the Director of the Copyright Licensing Agency and a Trustee of the Transformation Trust.

A Cambridge law graduate, Philip joined the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo in 1983, which became Trinity International Holdings in 1985. He subsequently became Chief Executive in 1993. He became Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror Group when the company merged with the Mirror Group in 1999, a position he held until February 2003.

In 2003 he was asked by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to carry out a review of the BBC’s online activities.

He is a former Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance (the body which funds the Press Complaints Commission) and of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (the advisory group to the Government on the promotion of broadband services). He was a Trustee and then Vice Chair of Crisis from 2004 to 2012.

The Gambling Commission Chair role is remunerated at a rate of £68,750 per annum. The extension has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. It is a requirement of the Code that political activity by those appointed is declared. Philip Graf has not declared any political activity.