Wednesday 1st April 2020

Paul Darling Appointed as HBLB Chair and Anne Lambert as Government Appointed Member

Paul Darling and Anne Lambert have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the Chair and as a Board Member of HBLB, each for four years from 1st April 2020.

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The role of Chair is remunerated at £39,600. The Role of Board Member is remunerated at £19,665. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments and the process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Neither Paul Darling or Anne Lambert have declared any activity.

Biographies of Paul Darling and Anne Lambert are as below:

Paul Darling
Paul Darling OBE QC is a Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial and construction law at 39 Essex Chambers, London. He has undertaken a number of public appointments, having been on the board of the Tote before privatisation between 2006 and 2008 and then a government appointed member of the HBLB between 2008 and 2014.  He was Chairman of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority between 2009 and 2015.   More recently he has been Chairman of the Association of British Bookmakers, the former trade association for licensed betting offices.

Anne Lambert
Anne Lambert CMG worked for 30 years in Government, focusing on public policy relating to the EU and regulation (insurance, telecommunications, competition and aviation). She is currently a Board member of the Civil Aviation Authority and a Governor of Portsmouth University. She was previously an Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority from 2014-2019 and a Board member from 2016-2018. Previous roles include the UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU from 2003-2008.