CEO Clive Hawkswood to depart RGA

28 September 2018

Clive Hawkswood is to step down from his position as chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

Hawkswood, who has held the position for 14 years, told iGamingBusiness.com that he announced his departure to the RGA’s board at a meeting last week.

No leaving date has been confirmed, but Hawkswood, 61, expects to stay in place with the trade body until January. He made the decision some time ago, citing a desire for a new challenge. He does not have another job lined up, although he may stay within the gambling industry.

Hawkswood will play a role in the search for his successor, with a strategy likely to be agreed at an RGA review group meeting next month. It is unknown yet whether the position will be advertised or if the body will proactively approach individuals.

Hawkswood believes the new CEO should have experience of the industry, although that could mean someone from the wider ecosystem rather than necessarily being from a gaming company.

Looking back on his 14 years, he told iGamingBusiness.com: “There have been so many changes. I am of course pleased with the development of GamStop, which will be fully launched in the next few months, and the introduction of the industry’s advertising code.

“I believe the successor should have experience of the industry – it’s not like most other industries, so it would be a big step for someone to come completely from the outside.”

Based in London and Brussels, the RGA’s role is to provide the industry with a single voice when liaising with regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. Prior to joining the RGA, Hawkswood was an advisor at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport having previously held roles within the industry.