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NL Competition Committee

The NL Competition Committee provides advice to the Gambling Commission’s Board of Commissioners and Chief Executive in relation to the forthcoming competition.
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Stephen Cohen (Chair)

Stephen has over 37 years’ experience in asset management, in Asia, Europe and the USA. He started his career with Mercury Asset Management and worked both as a Portfolio Manager and in business development. Stephen is also on the board of the Health & Care Professions Council, a healthcare regulator and the JPMorgan Japan Investment Trust plc. His recent roles included being the CEO of an Activist fund manager and the Chair of a Fintech software business. Stephen brings a global business perspective, deep experience of finance and financial services regulation as well as corporate governance.

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John Baillie

John Baillie is a Chartered Accountant and a former partner of KPMG in Scotland and London. He is immediate past chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, the Scottish local authority watchdog and served two three-year terms. He was also a member of the Reporting Panel of the UK Competition and Markets Authority for nine years. John is a visiting professor of accountancy at the University of Edinburgh and has previously held similar appointments at other Scottish universities.

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Carol Brady

Former Chair of Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Carol is now Chair of the Claims Management Regulation Unit for the Ministry of Justice and Managing Director of her own consultancy business. Carol was awarded an MBE in June 2016 in recognition of her services to consumers and better regulation. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, an honour bestowed on her by her peers in 2009 and which recognises her contribution to the profession. She began her career with trading standards and has worked in the former Department for Trade and Industry, to set up the Consumer Direct helpline in the UK. 

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Catharine Seddon

Catharine spent 20 years as a film maker. She started as a graduate trainee producer with the BBC and soon specialised in high-end film documentary, eventually setting up her own production company. In 2000, she became a magistrate and eventually left television to take up other judicial roles and to become a member of the Human Tissue Authority and the independent appeals committee of the HFEA. Catharine now sits on the Legal Services Board as well as on the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on high profile civil cases in the County courts. She is also a trustee for The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. AS ARAC chair for the HTA, she oversaw the introduction of a comprehensive programme of assurance mapping and had particular input into communications strategy. Catharine brings experience of regulation in a wide variety of sectors as well as media knowledge.