Following the retirement of Ray Birdseye from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission last year, a new member has been appointed by the commission.
The new member, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, is a former Government Minister and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and will be serving with the commission for a period of five years.
After being appointed to the House of Lords in 1999 where he served as Deputy Speaker, Lord Faulkner took up the position as Lord in Waiting in the Whips Office in 2009. Faulkner was also a member of the joint parliamentary scrutiny committee that dealt with the draft gambling bill that resulted in the 2005 Gambling Act being adopted in the United Kingdom.
Lord Faulkner also served with the Federation of International Football Association Task Force in overseeing integrity in sports and sports betting.
John Godfrey, Chairman of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, reported that he is extremely pleased to welcome Lord Faulkner onto the commission. Godfrey added that Faulkner brings with him some valuable experience of developing policy and legislation in the gambling industry and has a good understanding of the dynamics of the sector after having worked closely for and with the betting and gaming industry as well as with organizations that are involved in the treatment of problem gamblers.
In his capacity as a member of the all-party Channel Islands group, Lord Faulkner has always taken an interest in development in Gurnsey and Alderney and is, therefore familiar with the work of the commission.
The objective of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission is to make certain that the electronic gaming industry in Alderney maintains the highest levels of integrity and to keep Alderney’s reputation protected.