Camelot announces new appointments to strengthen its Board
Sir Hugh Robertson Named as Chairman And Robert Walker as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’), operator of the UK National Lottery, today announced that Sir Hugh Robertson has been appointed Chairman, with immediate effect. Sir Hugh is currently Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA), having previously served as Olympics Minister during London 2012 before becoming the Minister of State at the Foreign Office responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.
The company also announced the appointment of Robert Walker as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, also with immediate effect. Robert is currently Chairman of Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns), the largest portfolio manager of pubs in the UK, and has an extensive track record of chair positions at large public companies, with recent appointments including Chairman of Travis Perkins, WHSmith, BCA Europe and Williams Lea.
These appointments further strengthen the governance of Camelot’s Board in accordance with the Board Governance Review process that the company is currently undertaking.
Camelot’s outgoing Chairman Jo Taylor said: “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.
He continued: “I would also like to thank Sir Patrick Brown and Tony Illsley, who are standing down from their roles as Independent Non-Executive Directors, for their expertise and wise counsel over the past few years.”
Sir Hugh commented: “I am delighted to be joining as Camelot’s Chairman. 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. 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.
“However, Camelot’s role in running a national institution can never be taken for granted. 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.”
Sir Hugh became Chair of the British Olympic Association in 2016 and has chaired the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal since 2015. He worked for Schroder Investment Management before he was elected as MP for Faversham & Mid Kent in 2001. From 2010 to 2013, as Minister for Sport and the Olympics, he was responsible for the successful rebuilding of Stratford’s dated infrastructure and the construction of a 560-acre Olympic Park, as well the delivery of London 2012 – and is credited with securing the most ambitious ever programme of major sports events for this country, and delivering the best ever funding package for Olympic sport through to Rio 2016 and beyond.
Robert Walker has been Chairman of Ei Group since 2012. He started his career at Procter & Gamble before moving to McKinsey & Company. Robert then went on to spend more than 20 years at PepsiCo, where he was responsible for the company’s beverage businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, before moving to Severn Trent from 1999 to 2005 – holding the position of Group CEO from 2000 to 2005. Robert has also held a number of non-executive roles at a wide range of companies. These have included Wolseley, BAA, Tate & Lyle, Signet Group and Thomson Travel.
In addition to Jo Taylor, Camelot’s current Non-Executive Directors are Jane Rowe, David Kelly and Rob Rowley. A further Non-Executive Director will be appointed in the coming months. Chief Executive Nigel Railton also sits on the Board.
*As with all senior Camelot appointments, Sir Hugh’s and Robert’s appointments have received Gambling Commission consent and are subject to vetting.
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