Allwyn confirms UK leadership team for National Lottery transition

HQ of Camelot UK Lotteries, subject of impending acquisition by Allwyn
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Allwyn has revealed the full senior management team for its Allwyn UK business, as the company readies itself for a transformative 2024.

Andria Vidler was announced as CEO of Allwyn UK back in July and is due to assume his role in October, taking the regional reins from global Group CEO, Robert Chvatal.

Additional c-level appointments include Alan Artz as Chief Financial Officer, who will joinfrom William Hill where he was CFO and Digital CFO; and Chris Lyman as Chief Operating Officer, who previously worked at Lotto New Zealand for 21 years as COO and later CEO.

Yet another hard hitting hire is Mark Smith, currently Group Chief Technology Officer at UK broadcaster ITV, who will assume CTO duties at Allwyn in November. 

Commenting on Allwyn UK’s leadership, Chvatal said: “This is a talented team with deep experience and a strong personal commitment to delivering the very best for communities across the UK through ever greater returns to good causes from The National Lottery. Andria and I look forward to working with them all over the coming years.”

The remainder of Allwyn UK senior leadership consists of Gaby Heppner-Logan (Chief Assurance and Participant Protection Officer), Lucy Buckley (Chief Commercial Officer), Martin Novak (Interim Chief Data Officer), Alastair Ruxton (Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer) and Sam Sheriff (Chief People Officer).

Other important senior management members are Harry Willits (General Counsel), Jenny Blogg (Operations Director), Eddie Bennett (Operations – Transformation Director) and Paul Lumb (Technology – Transformation Director).

Allwyn is set to assume National Lottery licence duties in February, taking on the fourth licence after unseating Camelot UK in last year’s licence competition overseen by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

To support its transition, the company acquired Camelot UK and the Camelot Lottery Systems Group (Camelot LS) from the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTTP) for around £100m. Camelot Co-CEOs Neil Brocklehurst and Clare Swindell will work with Allwyn to support the transition before departing.

Chvatal remarked: “I’d like to express my huge thanks to Clare, Neil and all the Camelot leadership team for their sterling work over many years supporting The National Lottery. 

“The National Lottery makes a huge contribution to communities across the UK through the money it generates for good causes. They have a great deal to be proud of. I wish them all the very best for the future.”