Mary Chapman and Robert Foster appointed to the Gambling Commission

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Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and Tourism, has appointed Mary Chapman and Robert Foster as Commissioners of the Gambling Commission.



Biographical details

Robert Foster

Robert was appointed as a National Lottery Commissioner in April 2005 and was Chairman of the Project Board which was responsible for overseeing the licence competition and transition. He 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 for Business, Innovation and Skills’ innovation expenditure and science policy in the Cabinet Office.

He is a Chartered Engineer and previously was an engineering manager in the telecommunications industry. He is Chair of Equinox Care, a mental health charity, and has had a number of other non-executive director appointments including the Jersey and Guernsey Competition Regulatory Authorities and Vice-Chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Oxford Capital Partners.

Mary Chapman

Mary was appointed to the National Lottery Commission in January 2008. She is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Commission’s Regulating with Excellence Reference Group. She is a non-executive director of the Royal Mint, Chairman of the Institute of Customer Service, a council member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, of Brunel University and the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

She was formerly Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute and the founding Chief Executive of Investors in People UK. Her earlier career was in marketing and general management with L’OREAL UK Group companies.

Mary Chapman and Robert Foster are both Commissioners of the National Lottery Commission, where they receive £288.50 per day and devote approximately three days per month. They will continue to hold these public appointments until the functions of the National Lottery Commission are merged with those of the Gambling Commission. They hold no other public appointments.