The game’s afoot for McArthur

Neil McArthur was the star mover of the month. He will join the Gambling Commission as general counsel from the General Teaching Council (GTC) on 1 October.

McArthur has had a low profile to date as the general counsel of the GTC, which is the professional body for teaching in England. Prior to this role he was at the Learning and Skills Council and has held various roles in local government. The council is the teachers’ equivalent of the Law Society. It is the body that enables the teaching profession to regulate itself and provides advice to the Government on teaching issues.

McArthur will have a much higher profile at the Gambling Commission as it gears up for the implementation of the controversial UK Gambling Act.

McArthur will lead a team of three lawyers at the Gambling Commission. After accepting the role McArthur immediately vowed to take an inclusive approach. In his first interview since taking the role, he told The Lawyer that he would meet the Government, gaming companies and gambling charities to ensure a smooth transition when the act is introduced in September 2007.

The appointment of McArthur is in sharp contrast to the summer’s other big public sector appointment. The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) snared Goldman Sachs international general counsel Terry Miller to replace incumbent Charlie Wijeratna.

Wijeratna moves on to become director of commercial negotiations. The appointment of Miller reflects Locog’s status as a commercial organisation as opposed to the Gambling Commission’s role as regulator.

Miller teams up with former Goldman Sachs chief Paul Deighton, who is Locog’s chief executive. The pair gives Locog real clout in the City as it prepares to deal with £2bn worth of contracts and an intriguing mix of personalities from the Government, sporting bodies, local boroughs and of course the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.