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Michael Dugher

British

CEO
Betting and Gaming Council

Michael Dugher currently serves as CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Since he was appointed in February 2020, he has been responsible for leading changes across the gaming industry.

Education
  • University of Nottingham
    1993-1997

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

In October 2022, Dugher defended Safer Gambling Week against industry reformists who mocked the campaign. One of the reformists was Will Prochaska, Strategy Director of Gambling With Lives, who described the initiative as a “cringe campaign” meant to hide the damage done by the betting industry. Dugher responded and condemned “anti-gambling prohibitionists,” saying: “Even if you don’t like betting, how can anyone be against safer gambling? What’s wrong with encouraging people to set limits on the amount of time or money they spend on betting?”

AWARDS

In October 2021, the BGC received an award from three Armed Forces charities after its members raised £1.25m to help support the work of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

In recognition of the initiative, Dugher received a glass triptych titled “Battle Through the Looking Glass” from Brigadier Peter Walker OBE.

EMPLOYMENT

Dugher previously worked as CEO of UK Music between May 2017 and February 2020.

Prior to that, he had a long career in politics having served as MP for Barnsley East, Shadow Secretary of State for DCMS, Shadow Transport Secretary, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Minister for Defence.

His political career includes his roles as Chief Political Spokesman to the Prime Minister, serving as Special Adviser to the Government and being Chief Whip.

He also was the UK Director Of Government Relations, Special Adviser to the Leader of the House of Commons, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence, Special Adviser for the Department for Transport and Head of Policy for the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.

PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

As part of an initiative to prevent underage gambling, the BGC is providing £10m to support and create an evidence-led programme of education, training and support for young people between the ages of 11 and 19 throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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