Camelot UK names Robertson as new chair

28 June 2018

Camelot UK Lotteries has appointed Sir Hugh Robertson as its new chairman and also named Robert Walker as deputy chairman and senior independent director.

Robertson is currently chair of the British Olympic Association having previously served as Olympics Minister during the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, England.

In addition Robertson had a spell as Minister of State at the Foreign Office responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.

Walker is currently chairman of Ei Group, the largest portfolio manager of pubs in the UK, and has also spent time in chair positions at Travis Perkins, WHSmith, BCA Europe and Williams Lea.

“I have been privileged to see first-hand the enormous difference the National Lottery makes to the fabric of the UK, not least through its funding of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the 2016 Games in Rio, and its ongoing support for our elite athletes,” Robertson said.

‘When I heard that Camelot was seeking a new chairman, I actively sought the role – and am delighted to be joining a business that plays such an important role in today’s society.

“I look forward to working with the current management team, as well as my fellow board colleagues, to further build on the company’s long tradition of commercial innovation – growing National Lottery sales in a socially-responsible way – while looking to ensure there is an appropriate policy and regulatory environment which allows The National Lottery to flourish.”

Outgoing Camelot chairman Jo Taylor added: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Camelot’s chairman for the past two years.

“In Sir Hugh and Robert, we have appointed two individuals of exceptional calibre who will bring extensive commercial and stakeholder experience to further strengthen Camelot’s board.”

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