Nick’s principal responsibility is to establish the Commission as the Republic’s gaming regulator to ensure that casino gaming in Cyprus is conducted in accordance with the Casino Operations and Control law of 2015. This entails establishing the regulatory policies, procedures, licensing and operational capability required to ensure that the ICR can open and operate as intended in 2021. In the interim, he, on behalf of the Commission, must be satisfied that the temporary and smaller Satellite casinos allowed by the legislation, can open and conduct their business in accordance with law.
Prior to this role, Nick joined the UK Gambling Commission in 2007 as Executive Director. His portfolio responsibilities included the development and operation of licensing, compliance, investigations, intelligence functions, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) supervision and partnerships.
From 2010, he led the development of the UK sports integrity (match fixing) strategy, bringing together UK government, sports betting operators, sports governing bodies and national law enforcement agencies to produce a national Sports and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan to address the risk of the manipulation of sports competitions.
Nick has worked extensively at international levels including Vice-President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), the UK delegate for the negotiation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, Chair of the Council of Europe (Convention Secretariat) Network of Regulators. He has also worked with the International Olympic Committee in developing its integrity strategy and United Nations Office for drugs and Crime
Before joining the UK Gambling Commission, Nick was Chief Officer of Police with a major UK police force, and has extensive experience of organisational strategy, operations, investigations, and criminal intelligence matters.
Nick has degrees from the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge and an Advanced Diploma in Organisational Management from Manchester University.