David Willetts named as BGC new digital director

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Willetts set to replace Schofield in the new year

After huge success with Safer Gambling Week 2021, The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) announced that it has appointed David Willetts as its new director of communications and digital.

Willetts will begin in January 2021 alongside deputy director of communications and digital Michael Denoual. He'll be replacing Kevin Schofield who left the position to become political editor of the Huffington Post.

“Can't wait to get started,” says Willetts

This position change comes after working at The Sun for 10 years. Willetts will be joining the BGC from his current role as Press Secretary to Conservative cabinet minister Ben Wallace and head of ministerial communications at the MoD.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Betting and Gaming Council and can’t wait to get started,” Willetts said. “They’ve already made big strides increasing standards across the industry and I’m looking forward to working with the excellent team to drive that work on.”

“A formidable asset,” says BGC

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher added: “The BGC is the standards body committed to driving big changes across the regulated betting and gaming industry. David Willetts is a brilliantly experienced and respected former journalist and communications professional with an outstanding reputation in the media and in government.”

“David will be a formidable asset for the BGC. He also joins a strong team which includes the superbly talented Michael Denoual.”

This news comes just over a week since the BGC announced that they welcomed Facebook's new ad feature.